The Cost of Maritime Burn Injuries

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I was burned while I was working at sea. How much will my injury cost me?
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Your burn injury at sea has likely already cost you a significant amount in medical bills and lost income. The dollar amount probably doesn’t even begin to express the psychological suffering you have experienced as well. As you continue your recovery, the costs are just going to increase, so it is important that you take action to protect yourself from the financial costs of your injury before your physical injury also becomes your financial ruin.

Severe burns are the most expensive catastrophic injury to treat. The specific cost of every burn injury is unique; however, the initial hospitalization fees for a severely burned patient can run over $200,000. Your costs will depend on things such as:

  • Your overall health
  • How badly you were burned
  • The treatments you need and how long you are hospitalized
  • How long you are out of work
  • Whether you experience complications, such as infections, that keep you hospitalized and out of work longer

That said, the costs of treatment and lost income can quickly add up. If you fail to take action to protect your rights, you may be left to bear the financial burden on your own—now and potentially for the rest of your life.

Accordingly, it is important to know that maritime laws, such as the Jones Act, may cover your medical bills and lost income while you are injured. However, you should not count on your employer or an insurance company to provide you with fair damages unless you understand what those damages are and you are willing to fight for them.

To learn more about how you are going to afford the care you need after a maritime burn injury, please read our free publication, The Legal Rights of Injured Seamen and Other Commercial Mariners .