If you have suffered an offshore injury resulting from an on-the-job maritime accident, you may be entitled to have your employer pay your medical bills. Under the Jones Act, offshore employers are required to provide “cure” to any employee who is either injured or becomes ill while in the service of a vessel. This is true regardless of who was at fault. In fact, you are still entitled to cure even if you actually contributed to causing your own injury.
“Cure” refers to your employer’s duty under the Jones Act to pay for your medical treatment until you reach what the law calls “maximum medical improvement“, or “MMI” for short. Unfortunately, the company doctor’s definition of MMI is often much easier to meet than other, less-biased physicians’. This can result in you being prematurely released from medical treatment and sent back out to work before you’re ready to return. For that reason, it is important that you see your own physician following a maritime injury, not the company doctor.
Are you in need of medical attention following your injury but don’t know where to turn?
The Jones Act attorneys at Fitts Zehl have worked with top-notch doctors and specialists stretching all along the Gulf Coast, from Texas through Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama. That gives us the ability to help you find the finest medical treatment available at no up-front cost to you. In fact, unless we are successful with your claim and recover money on your behalf, you don’t owe us a dime.
Fitts Zehl, LLP: Dedicated Maritime Accident Trial Lawyers Serving Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama
There’s no doubt about it, offshore work is dangerous by anyone’s definition. The last thing you need is to worry about is whether or not your employer is going to hold up his end of the bargain following an offshore injury. Our mission is to make sure that those who are hurt in maritime accidents are protected from profit-hungry employers looking to save a buck at their employees’ expense. Our seasoned Jones Act attorneys will immediately take charge of your claim so that you can focus on your health and future, while we devote all of our time, effort and resources to forcing your company to do what’s right by paying you full compensation for your injuries and damages.
If you have any questions regarding the way your employer is treating you in the wake of your maritime accident, contact an experienced offshore injury lawyer today for a free, confidential consultation.