HOW DO I REPORT MY MARITIME INJURY?

To protect your future rights, file a report of your injury with your employer as soon as possible. The master of the vessel is required to make an entry in the official logbook for each illness or injury to a seaman on the vessel, including the nature of the illness and injury and the medical treatment provided. The master of the vessel is also required to record any death that may occur, including the cause and details concerning the seaman’s money and property.

These logbook entries are to be made as soon as possible and, if not made on the day of the incident, the entry needs to be dated and include the date the incident happened. If the injury, illness, or death happened prior to the vessel’s arrival at the final port of discharge, the entry shall not be made later than 24 hours after the arrival. The master of the vessel and the chief mate, or another seaman, are required to sign the entry.

If you have questions about how to file your report, contact Terry Bryant Accident & Injury Law at 1 (800) 444-5000 or fill out a free initial consultation form.

HOW DO I GET MEDICAL BENEFITS?

Under maritime laws, your employer is required to provide both medical care if you are hurt on the job—including prescriptions, hospital stays, medical devices, etc.—as well as living costs until the voyage is complete, whether you are still on the vessel or not. These costs can include grocery and utility bills, along with other reasonable living expenses. You have the right to see a medical professional of your choice that is convenient to you.

Contact Terry Bryant Accident & Injury Law at 1 (800) 444-5000 or fill out a free initial consultation form, and let us help you get the medical benefits you need.

HOW DO I KNOW WHETHER I QUALIFY FOR BENEFITS AS A “SEAMAN”?

The rule of thumb for determining whether you are a seaman is: if you spend more than 30% of your time working on a vessel in navigation, you are considered a seaman and are eligible for Jones Act benefits. If you are a longshoreman, harbor worker, or other on-shore maritime employee, you may qualify for benefits under the Longshore Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act.

To find out whether you qualify for benefits, contact a maritime injury lawyer with Terry Bryant Accident & Injury Law at 1 (800) 444-5000 or fill out a free initial consultation form.

CAN I SUE MY MARITIME EMPLOYER?

Yes. Under Federal maritime law, if you are a “seaman” by definition, you may take a civil action in the appropriate U.S. District Court against your employer for negligence, willful misconduct, failure to uphold standards of seaworthiness, or failure to properly man a ship.

If you are not a “seaman” by definition but you work in a nautical industry, you may have rights to sue for compensation under the Longshore Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act.

If you believe you have a maritime injury claim, contact Terry Bryant Accident & Injury Law right away at 1 (800) 444-5000. You can also fill out a FREE initial consultation form, which is completely confidential.

WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN MY MARITIME INJURY BENEFITS AND WORKERS’ COMPENSATION BENEFITS?

The major difference between workers’ compensation benefits and maritime law is that maritime workers have the right to sue for compensation in the event of personal injury or wrongful death. The compensation is also typically higher, due to the dangerous nature of the work. Read more about workers’ compensation and maritime injury laws.

If you’re unsure whether you need to file for state workers’ compensation or maritime benefits, contact Terry Bryant Accident & Injury Law at 1 (800) 444-5000 or fill out a free initial consultation form.

WHAT IS THE STATUTE OF LIMITATIONS ON MARITIME CASES?

In general, the Statute of Limitations for maritime cases is three years from the date of the incident. In cases involving Federally-owned vessels, minors or mentally incompetent individuals, and wrongful death cases, the laws can vary.

If you’re unsure whether you are still eligible to file for compensation, contact Terry Bryant Accident & Injury Law immediately at 1 (800) 444-5000 or fill out a free initial consultation form.