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Protect Your Jones Act Claim: Beware of Light Duty

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Jones Act Attorney Seaman Lawyer

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Beware of Light Duty

You were injured at sea. Your doctor prescribed rest and physical therapy with a gradual return to activity. You haven’t finished your physical therapy yet, but your supervisor is pressuring you to return to the ship. He’s promising that you can do light duty. You could certainly use the money – should you return to work?

It’s not uncommon for an employer to insist that an injured seaman return to light duty work. But, returning to work to soon, even light duty work, may not be in your best interest.

First of all, even light duty work may be too much for your injury. Don’t return to work until your doctor says it is okay. If you go back without the doctor’s permission, the doctor may feel he has no choice but to release you for work. The work release can be used as evidence that you have recovered from your injuries. Your company will no longer be responsible for your medical bills.

When you return to work, you will be watched.  Your supervisors will be looking for evidence that your injury is not as severe as you claim. Any lifting, carrying, or loading may be seen as proof that you are healthy enough for heavy physical activity. The company may say that your actions show that you were able to return to regular activity, but chose to do light duty. Your activities may be used to cast doubt on your loss of wage claim or even on the existence of your Jones Act injury.

Our California maritime lawyers suggest that injured seamen avoid going back to work too early. A good rule is thumb is to wait until you are in good enough shape that another company would offer you your position. If you can’t physically do the job, you should not be working.

Do you have questions about your offshore injury case? Would you like information about your rights under maritime law? Contact The Turley & Mara Law Firm, APLC at 619-234-2833 and ask to schedule a free consultation with a skilled California Jones Act attorney.

Disclaimer: Please understand these discussions and/or examples are not legal advice. All legal situations are different. This testimonial, endorsement and/or discussion does not constitute a guarantee, warranty, or prediction regarding the outcome of your legal matter, your particular case/ situation and/or this particular case/ situation. Thanks, Bill Turley

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