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Jones Act Lawyer - - Accident Checklist - Document Your Injury
If you are an injured Jones Act Seaman, you need to take immediate steps in order to protect you and your family’s future. You need to take steps to prevent losing your Jones Act lawsuit. Here is a checklist for injured Jones Act Seaman and others injured aboard ships, boats and vessels:
1. YOUR HEALTH AND SAFETY COMES FIRST
After you are injured aboard a vessel or in the service of the vessel your first concern must be your health, safety and medical treatment. Nothing is more important than your health and safety. Often times this means emergency medical treatment. The very first concern following any accident must be your health and safety and the health and safety of others.
2. REPORT YOUR INJURY IMMEDIATELY
Always report your injury. Do not wait. If you are injured at 4:40 a.m., report your injury at 4:40 a.m. Don't wait until the next day to report your injury.
3. TAKE PHOTOS
A few photos taken of the incident site as soon after the incident as possible can be priceless. If you can't take them, ask a fellow crew member to take a few photos for you. Try and get a few different angles and points of view. A photo after the incident will head off a lot of "defenses" later. “Defenses” is a code word for the lies that the insurance company lawyer will tell the jury about what “really” caused your injury.
4. GET WITNESS INFORMATION
Frequently you will be transported off the vessel after an injury. If at all possible
try to get the names and contact information of all of the witnesses to the accident and witnesses to how the scene looked right after it happened before being transported off the vessel.
5. DON’T FILL OUT ANY ACCIDENT REPORTS
Do not fill out any accident reports or give any witness statements. You have no legal obligation to do so. Simply report your injury.
6. DON’T GIVE A STATEMENT
Remember this: anything you say or write will be used against you in a court of law. Refuse to give any type of written or recorded statement.
7. ALWAYS TELL THE TRUTH
When handling your case, nothing matters more than the honest truth. Nothing. You must be straightforward and honest about your case.
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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