JULY 6, 2011 by Ogletree Abbott
If you are employed in the maritime industry, it is a good idea to have an understanding of your rights. The reason you need to understand your rights is that you could be involved in a maritime accident in the future. If this happens, you have certain rights under maritime law. One of these rights is the right to separate legal representation from your employer. You have the right to your own attorney and you should exercise this right. A maritime attorney is going to work hard to help you get the financial compensation you need for your injuries. Choose your maritime accident attorney carefully and you will not be disappointed.
One seaman was not disappointed with his choice of a maritime attorney. When Robert Chandler was injured in a maritime accident, he decided to hire an experienced attorney to help him. The maritime accident happened when Chandler was forced to dock his vessel because a line was tangled in the engine. A diver was called to untangle the line. As Chandler was trying to cross from the dock back aboard the vessel, he slipped and fell backwards. Landing on the dock, he broke his neck. The seaman later had to have surgery to fuse the broken bones back together.
Chandler knew he had to find a qualified maritime attorney when his employer tried to blame him for the accident. With the help of a reputable law firm, the seaman filed a claim and the investigation began. His attorney was able to show that the dock was unsafe because it was very slippery. The employer was negligent in forcing Chandler to dock his vessel in a spot designed for bigger vessels. This size difference made the stretch from the dock to the vessel much larger. Chandler’s employer settled the case for $400,000.
Chandler, like many other seamen, trusted his instincts and hired his own attorney. Any time you are injured in a maritime accident, you should consult with an attorney, especially if your employer is denying responsibility. Take control of your case and let a qualified maritime attorney at the Ogletree Abbott Law Firm handle your claim. Contact us today for a free consultation.