You don't want to go through all of these negotiations and legal maneuvers. Instead, you want your employer, or your employer's insurer, to accept responsibility and to provide you with the fair damages that you deserve for the injuries that you suffered while at sea. Unfortunately, you can't control what your employer or the insurance company does. You can't make them cooperate and respond to your requests-or make them come up with a fair settlement.
There Are Things That You Can Do to Make the Process Go Faster
You can take control of the situation by:
- Always responding to your own attorney promptly. When your lawyer asks you for information it is important to respond quickly. Your lawyer may be unable to make another move until he hears from you.
- Keeping all of your doctor appointments. Don't hesitate to schedule surgeries, have tests done, go to physical therapy appointments, or schedule a doctor appointment. This will not only help with your physical recovery, but also give you the information about your medical prognosis that you need to keep your legal case moving.
- Being realistic in what you expect in damages. You should never settle for less than a fair recovery and you should be willing to go to trial to protect your rights. At the same time, however, you need to understand what a fair recovery is and be ready to accept a settlement that fairly compensates you for your injuries.
Are you wondering what else you can do to protect your rights and keep your case moving? Please read our FREE publication, Are You a Seaman Injured in a Maritime Accident? Know Your Rights, and start a live chat with us now to learn more.