As Louisiana maritime injury attorneys, we often get questions from clients who have been injured while working on offshore oil rigs and platforms. One of the most commonly asked questions is, “I have been hurt offshore, what do I do?”
Lambert Zainey has handled claims for many offshore workers. At the moment of an injury, you’ll often be scared, hurting and confused about what to do first. While we wish no worker ever suffered an injury, it happens all too often. Knowing the right steps to take will help you if the occasion should ever arise.
Here are some tips from our experienced offshore accident lawyers in Louisiana on what to do after an injury:
Step 1: Get Medical Attention
When you’ve been hurt offshore, this may be the most obvious first step, but sometimes it’s not always the first thing an accident victim thinks of. Seek medical attention promptly, and worry about everything else after your immediate health and well-being are provided for.
Step 2: Report Your Injury
The next step you should take is reporting the injury to your superior. While this may be handled by coworkers as you are getting medical attention, it’s important to follow through with a written report as soon as possible. You should keep a copy of the report for your records, and for your attorney.
Step 3: Don’t Sign Anything
Beyond reporting the incident to your employer, it’s important that you take care in not discussing the accident with anyone. Comments made to your boss and to your coworkers can be used against you later if a lawsuit becomes necessary. Do not sign any papers, do not admit fault, do not sign any checks, and do not accept any settlements without first consulting a Louisiana maritime attorney.
Step 4: Gather Information
Many employers will do their best to avoid paying compensation for workers who are hurt offshore, so having documentation to back up your claim is important. Collect the names, phone numbers and other contact information of anyone who witnessed the accident. If possible, get pictures of the area where the accident took place, including pictures of any equipment that was involved in the injury.
Step 5: Get Representation
Not all personal injury attorneys are experienced in the specific laws that govern maritime and offshore workers’ rights. After your accident, it’s important that you choose a legal representative who is knowledgeable about offshore injury law to give you the best chance of getting maximum compensation.
If you are worried about the costs of hiring a lawyer, don’t be! Not only are initial consultations free, but at Lambert Zainey, we work on a contingency basis. This means that we don’t get paid until you do.
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Employers are legally obligated to provide safe work environments, the right safety equipment, and proper training to offshore workers. When they have failed in these areas, the New Orleans offshore claims attorneys at Lambert Zainey will aggressively pursue your right to fair compensation.
We have successfully handled maritime and offshore cases throughout Louisiana and the Gulf Coast region for more than 35 years. Contact us today for a free, confidential consultation.