3 Ways to Maximize a Crewmember Injury Claim

A job aboard a shipping vessel is a considerably dangerous career. Whether it’s a cruise ship, yacht, tanker, ferry, or fishing boat, crewmembers have some of the highest risks of injury while on the job. Fortunately, maritime law offers these workers special rights if injured. 

However, it may be challenging to handle complex maritime laws without assistance. That is where the legal team at Lipcon, Margulies & Winkleman, P.A. steps in. Our maritime lawyers can provide experienced help with maritime claims

Our team of award-winning maritime lawyers has the knowledge, experience, and resources to win even the most challenging maritime cases. Whether you have been injured on a ship at sea or an oil rig, we have a network of the country’s best medical, engineering, and maritime industry experts.

Here is what you should do to maximize your injury claim:

Hire a Maritime Attorney

To increase the chances of obtaining fair compensation, have one of our maritime accident attorneys help you with your case. Trying to fight on your own with the insurance companies can significantly affect your claim. They may try to force you into accepting an offer that is too low to cover all your losses. Having a legal team fighting on your behalf is in your best interest. At Lipcon, Margulies & Winkleman, P.A., we can advise you to protect your health and claim.

Avoid wasting time after the accident, and contact our maritime accident attorneys to handle your case immediately. This way, the evidence will remain fresh and adequately documented. Filing your case and having our legal team early can also protect you from facing settlement offers on your own or making decisions without being sufficiently informed. 

Get the Medical Treatment You Need

Regardless of how minor your injuries are or how strong your pain tolerance is, you must be treated for all your injuries in a crewmember accident. Always follow your doctor’s orders and document your medical expenses to ensure you have a strong case for compensation later. 

Keep track of your symptoms and ensure you receive the treatment you need to heal fully. With the help of our maritime attorneys, you can focus on your recovery while we handle your case.

Document Everything Related to the Accident

Claims and lawsuits all come down to evidence, which is why documentation is critical for maximizing compensation. Remember that the more information you can offer us, your case will be better. While at the accident scene, take photos of your injuries and anything in the area that may have contributed. 

If your condition allows, maintain an injury journal. Note down the time and day of your entries and record all the doctor’s visits, insurance company interactions, or your subjective feeling of mental distress and pain. To prove pain and suffering, record your mental and physical struggles at home and work.


Ultimately, hold on to all paperwork, including your bills, receipts, and other financial-related information from medical professionals. Collecting this information might seem like an extra burden when you are in pain, but it can considerably increase your chances for maximum compensation.

Contact a Maritime Lawyer Today

The maritime injury attorneys at Lipcon, Margulies & Winkleman, P.A. understand the difficulties of working offshore and the safety regulations for the industry. With over $300 million recovered and 165 years of combined experience, you can rely on us to handle your maritime accident case. We are proud to be named “Best Law Firms” ® by US News & World Report since 2016. 

If you have been injured in a maritime accident, contact us today or call 877-233-1238 to schedule a free consultation.