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An Overview of Maritime Accidents Compensation

An Overview of Maritime Accidents Compensation People who work in maritime vessels do not have access to workers compensation claims like employees who work offshore. According to the website of Williams Kherkher, injured seafarers do not have access to emergency medical care until they are rescued or their vessel is able to return to shore. Fortunately, they can rely on the Jones Act to recover damages due to the negligence of the ship owner, their captain, and other crew who caused their injury. Under the Jones Act, employers have the following responsibility to their crew: Provide a reasonably safe place to work Use ordinary care under the circumstances to keep the vessel a safe place to work in The Jones Act The Jones Act makes the employer liable for any unsafe condition on the vessel which includes grease or oil on the deck, breakage of equipment, improperly maintained equipment, failure to provide crew members with the proper equipment for doing their work, and others. Unlike standard negligence cases, the plaintiff only needs to prove that the defendant was partially responsible for their injury. So even if the owner is only 1% responsible, they can still recover damages. In addition, maritime law requires employers to provide their vessel crew free medical care and maintenance until maximum medical cure has been provided. Maintenance includes pain medications, prostheses, and disability aids. It also includes basic living expenses while convalescing. Available Damages Under the Jones Act, an injured seaman, sailor, or ship worker shall be entitled to the following damages: Maintenance and Cure Maintenance is given as a daily stipend or allotment to cover room and board while on recovery. This includes the time the voyage has ended until “maximum cure” has been given. The latter is determined by medical professionals. Medical cure, on the other hand, includes payments for medical expenses such...
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Am I at Risk for Blood Clots?

Risk for blood clots is often alerted during long haul flights on airplanes – long haul flights being ones that are over four hours long in duration. People in a standard position without physical stimulation have a high chance of developing one of the most dangerous kinds of blood clots: Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT). There are veins that run throughout the body in order to carry out oxygen and blood, thereby sustaining the body with what it needs. However, some veins – like the deep veins in the legs – need to move every few hours in order to stimulate the blood flow. If the blood flow is somehow clogged or disrupted, there is a chance for a blood clot to occur. When a blood clot occurs in the deep vein, there is the chance that the vein may sever in turn causing internal bleeding. If not treated properly and immediately, this could turn into pulmonary embolism, according to the website of the lawyers with Habush Rottier. You are more at risk for blood clots if you are obese, pregnant (or post-partum for at least 6 months), or have cancer. Blood clotting is no joke as it can even lead to the amputation of affected areas. There are protective measures in place in order to prevent this from happening such as filters surgically implanted into the inferior vena cava (called the IVC filter) that is designed to catch clots before they get to the lungs and cause pulmonary embolism, which can be fatal (if the clot that reaches the lungs is large enough to sever the blood flow that supports the organ). It is then of the utmost importance that these protective measures are built, inspected, and implanted with only the greatest care possible. If anything were to go wrong, this must be brought to the attention of professionals...
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What Should I Do if I Get Injured at Work?

If you have been injured at your place at work – whether it is your fault, the fault of your employer or due to unforeseen and uncontrollable circumstances (such as the aftermath of inclement weather or natural disasters) – you are entitled to workers’ compensation. This does not, however, include intentional injuries or self-inflicted injuries while on the job. If you are employed, your employer is legally obligated to provide you with the benefits that come with workers’ compensation. That is why the very first thing that needs to come to mind if you have been injured at work is to file for workers’ compensation benefits. An injury that sustains significant and lasting damage requires immediate attention in order for the injured personnel to acquire the help necessary in order for him or her to recuperate properly. Documentation of the event is one of the most important things to note for a case of this nature, however. Some employers might do everything they can in order to find a loophole so that they needn’t pay out the fees necessary for benefits. It can be intimidating to go against your employer but when it is your right to benefits in question, it is both advised and highly encouraged to defend and fight for it. According to the website of Williams Kherkher Law, workers’ compensation can branch out into several different kinds of cases. For example, some injuries sustained at work could leave a person either temporarily or permanently disabled. These are matters that then need to be handled with sensitivity and care as the future of the victim of the injury is on the line. It is then recommended that, when dealing with cases of this nature, an experienced professional is called into the scene in order to give you advice about the given circumstances, should something like this unfortunately fall...
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What Should I Do if Someone Injured Me?

First of all, try not to panic. Panic and anxiety are usually caused by troubles or worries about things that haven’t happened yet but you think are going to result into catastrophic, practically world-ending scenarios. It is the best course of action to try and keep yourself thinking logically and rationally. The best thing to do if someone has injured you is to assess the situation. Is the injury one that can be easily brushed off and forgotten by the morrow’s end or is it something that can completely hinder you from pursuing your profession? If the former, it is probably not worth trying to pursue legal action for. If it is the latter, legal action is a possible course of action due to the expenses that are necessary in order for you to recover from the injury. According to the website of the Boston personal injury lawyers at the Law Offices of Crowe & Mulvey, LLC, it is important to make sure that your recovery is prioritized instead of allowing worries of the future to make you more anxious than you need to be; getting help that has more experience than you with these matters will make procedures much smoother and less stressful than they have to be, rather than figuring everything out on your own. Injury that has been caused to the victim’s person – be it a physical, emotional, or mental injury (or even a combination or two or more of these kinds of traumas) – due to accidental or intentional negligence is subject for scrutiny under the justice system through the pursuit of a personal injury case. These kinds of cases can become complicated due to the many factors and variables to...
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Should I File for a Personal Injury Lawsuit?

A lot of people are becoming more and more aware of their rights and privileges as free citizens of the United States of America. This is a good thing for it allows for citizens to act appropriately and stand up for themselves in cases of abuse or any such other malignant behavior from another person. The matter of personal injury is one that makes itself known a lot and this is where it gets complicated as the answer to the aforementioned question is not one that is easily answered. Filing for a personal injury lawsuit is no walk in the park. After all, coming from the website of the lawyers with Crowe & Mulvey, LLP, the subject of personal injury is quite vague at a very base level as personal injury simply does mean any injury (physical, emotional, and/or mental) caused upon a victim due to the accidental or intentional negligence of another person can be made to answer to justice through a court of law. However, there is the question as to whether or not it’s worth it to pursue such a lengthy case. Say, for example, that an old woman accidentally made your nose bleed after hitting you in the nose with the back of her hand, simply because she was gesturing too animatedly. Technically, you could try to press charges against this woman in order to gain favor or compensation. But it doesn’t really work like that as compensation accounts for the trauma and losses sustained by the victim such as, citing the website of the Law Offices of Williams Kherkher, medical expenses as well as lost wages for not being able to go to work following the injury that had been suffered. Not to mention that pursuing legal action may cause you more stress than necessary, with regard to cases like this. There is no...
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