Your boat left the coast of Long Island, and you left thinking you'd be back soon. Whether your expected voyage was a few hours, a few days, or a few weeks, you thought you would return to your family and the life that you knew in New York-not get stranded far from home after a maritime accident. The good news, according to the doctors, is that eventually you will return home. The bad news is that, for now, you are stuck in a hospital elsewhere on the East Coast.
What to Do During This Time
It can be frustrating to be away from the people you love and the doctors you trust during this difficult time. As you recuperate in a Boston hospital or a Maryland medical facility, we encourage you to:
- Be in touch with your own doctors. Make sure they know what happened, that your medical records are provided to your treating doctors, and that everyone communicates as necessary.
- Stay in touch with loved ones. Use video conferencing, texting, phone calls, and instant messages to get support from your loved ones who are unable to travel to you.
- Don't talk to your employer after you make the initial accident report. Anything you say may later be used against you.
- Call an experienced lawyer back home in New York City or New Jersey. It is not too early to start protecting your legal rights.
We also encourage you to get the care that you need where you are and not risk your health by going home too soon.
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