Why to See Your Own Doctor if You Re Hurt at Sea

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Can I see my own doctor if I have been hurt at sea?
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Yes. While your employer may try to encourage you or even insist that you see a company doctor after a maritime accident, you have the right to see your own doctor. Not only do you have the right to see your own doctor, but you should also understand why your employer feels strongly that you see a company doctor and why seeing your own doctor is a good idea.

What Your Employer Wants

Your employer may want you to use the company doctor after you’ve been injured on-the-job. Generally, there are two reasons why your employer may insist that you see a company doctor. First, a company doctor may help minimize the medical bills that your employer has to pay and second, a company doctor may give you clearance to get back to work sooner.

Don’t Lose Sight of Your Goal

Your goal is likely simple—you want to get better. An independent doctor whose only interest is in giving you an accurate diagnosis and appropriate treatment plan may be able to help you achieve your recovery goal better than someone who has a conflict of interest.

Your physical recovery is the most important part of your recovery, but it is not the only thing that matters. Regardless of the doctor you see, the doctor will not be able to help you get the financial recovery that you deserve. To find out more about your potential financial recovery, please read our FREE report, Are You a Seaman Injured in a Maritime Accident? Know Your Rights, and please fill out our online contact form today to schedule an initial consultation with an experienced maritime accident attorney.