Actions to Take After Sustaining a Maritime Injury
by Matthew D. Shaffer on June 26, 2012
If you have sustained a maritime injury, knowing where to turn can be quite difficult. This is especially true for individuals who are not familiar with maritime injuries, as trying to learn more about this type of injury and how it might affect you can be easier said than done.
The most important thing after suffering an injury is to have a strong idea as to what steps you must take in order to move in the right direction. With the following tips on your side, you can rest easy knowing that you're doing everything correctly.
Get Immediate Medical Attention
The first thing you should do when suffering maritime injuries is to take the time to get medical help immediately. Immediate medical help can make or break your ability to stay in good health and should never be underestimated. Because certain maritime injuries can be life-threatening, getting immediate medical attention is of the utmost importance.
Keep Details Top of Mind
Details are everything when it comes to working with a maritime lawyer on your case. You'll want to do everything possible to ensure that the details of your accident are well-documented, which is essential in order to make things work in your favor.
Go over the details in your mind, and write them down as soon as you have the opportunity. Note dates, times, witnesses and the specifics of the incident that led to the injury. Every detail you can think of, whether it seems pertinent or not, will help when filing a maritime claim.
Speak to a Maritime Lawyer
A lot of people don't realize that certain lawyers specialize in maritime injuries, and thus should be contacted by those who are suffering these issues. Maritime lawyers don't have to be difficult or expensive to work with; especially if you take the right steps towards choosing one that is right for you. The bottom line when looking for maritime lawyers is to choose someone who truly understands what you're going through and who has experience in the various maritime laws of the United States and international laws. This will not only make the process more comfortable for everyone involved, but will increase your chances of doing well in your case.
Rest Easy Knowing That You're Taking the Right Steps
It's not uncommon for those who have sustained a recent injury to be under the assumption that speaking to a maritime lawyer might be difficult or uncomfortable. The fact is, maritime lawyers are among the most professional individuals in the field and and truly want the best for their clients. A good maritime lawyer can make a huge difference in terms of how well you fare in your case, and going into such a situation on one's own is never recommended. The more effort you can put into choosing a maritime lawyer that will be right for you, the better off you'll be in the end.
If you’ve experience a maritime injury, don’t wait to contact a maritime lawyer at Schechter, McElwee, Shaffer & Harris and find out how they can help you.