Protect Your Mental Recovery After a Maritime Accident

3 Reasons You Shouldn’t Ignore Mental Suffering After a Maritime Accident

Paul Hofmann
Specializes in personal injury, with emphasis on maritime, railroad and construction worker tort claims

You don’t have an easy job. You’ve never been one to complain about minor injuries, harsh conditions, or being away from home. You may have never given much thought to your mental or emotional health. Yet, there may be some feelings that you can’t shake off or move past after you are seriously injured in a commercial fishing accident off the coast of New York or New Jersey.

Protecting Your Mental Health Doesn’t Make You Weak

Instead, it might make you strong. Consider the following reasons for pursuing a mental health recovery:

  • It might help you get back to work faster. You may get over your fear of getting back out on the ocean.
  • It might make things easier for your family. Your family may not have to watch you suffer and live with your symptoms of emotional pain. You can show them that you are doing everything that you can to get well.
  • It might allow you to once again enjoy life. Professional help, such as counseling, may allow you to recover more quickly so that you can get back to the things that you enjoy.

These potential benefits are important for you now—and in the future.

You Are Not the Only One in This Position

The Jones Act—the law that protects seamen who are injured at sea—may allow you, and others like you, to recover damages for your physical pain, your emotional suffering, and your mental anguish. These damages are in addition to the money that you may be able to recover for your medical expenses and livings costs.

To learn more about what other seamen have done to protect themselves after a maritime accident, please watch our free videos, and to find out more about your own rights please request a free copy of our report, The Legal Rights Of Injured Seamen, Dockbuilders, Dredgemen and Other Commercial Mariners: Ten Important Questions Answered.