While working on a Jones Act shipping vessel, you slip and fall off of an unstable ladder. You’re shaken up and sore, and your fellow crew members had a good laugh, but everything seems to be OK besides a few bruises to your body and your ego.
What happens when weeks later those bruises fade but the pain does not?
Delayed pain is a common result from a slip and fall ship accident aboard a shipping vessel or other commercial boat. It’s important to report slip and fall accidents like these to your employer immediately, even if you don’t think your injuries are that serious at the time of the accident. Many types of soft tissue and nerve damage can take days or even weeks to manifest fully, resulting in chronic pain.
If you don’t report the accident, you may have difficulty filing a Jones Act claim when the pain becomes too much to bear. If your employer complicates your injury claim due to failure to report the accident or complaints of pain long after the injury, you may need a Louisiana maritime attorney to help.
Chronic pain may be managed through therapy, surgery and medication, but in some cases, it may become a permanent disability. As a Jones Act shipping employee, you have the right to seek compensation for injuries sustained in a slip and fall accident through a Jones Act injury claim.
Contact a Louisiana Maritime Attorney for Ship Accident Help
The Jones Act provides you with certain protections your employer may not want you to know about. A Louisiana maritime attorney from The Young Firm in New Orleans, Louisiana, can help you if you have suffered serious injury from a ship accident aboard a Jones Act shipping vessel or other type of commercial vessel.
Though we are based in Louisiana, we are ready and able to help injured victims throughout the U.S. Order our free Maritime Injury Law guide and/or our guide to what to do when you are injured offshore to learn all about your rights as an injured worker.
When you are ready to get started with your Jones Act ship accident case, we urge you to contact us today for a FREE case evaluation – call toll-free at 1-866-703-2590.