Why to File a Maritime Accident Report Quickly

Three Reasons to File an Accident Report Promptly After a Commercial Fishing Injury

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

Whether you slipped and fell on the deck of your tilefish fishing boat or you were hurt by equipment on your scallop fishing boat, you likely had one goal after your Atlantic fishing injury: get back to shore and get the medical care that you needed to relieve your pain and prevent your injuries from worsening. However, now that you are back on shore and your immediate medical needs have been taken care of, it is time to report your accident and protect your recovery.

Why to Report Your Accident to Your Employer

Your employer undoubtedly knows that the accident occurred. However, it is still important to report the accident because:

  • It provides you with a chance to tell your side of the story. If you don’t fill out an incident report then you should expect that somebody else will. You don’t want to rely on someone else’s version of events, but rather you want to make sure that the report is accurate.
  • It gives your employer the opportunity to do the right thing. Once you give your employer the information then your employer has the opportunity to compensate you for your work-related injuries.

However, don’t expect that this will be all that you have to do to get a fair recovery.

Call an Experienced Maritime Lawyer For Help

Unfortunately, recovering fair damages in a maritime accident is not as easy as simply filling out an accident report. Instead, you may have to fight to get the damages that you deserve.

You do not have to fight alone, however. Instead, we want you to learn more about your rights in our FREE publication, The Legal Rights of Injured Seamen and Other Commercial Mariners, and we encourage you to contact us directly to discuss your possible recovery.