In this installment of Brian Beckcom's interview on Legal Leaders, he discusses why companies don't make their injured employees a priority after they are injured on the job.
"When we talk about maritime/offshore companies, we're talking about publicly-traded and private companies that work on water. Can include Hercules, Transocean, BP, inland barge companies, etc. We're talking about sub-contractors and different companies - supply vessels, tugboats, barges, or helicopters - there are a lot of different companies working offshore.
"Because of the complex relationships between companies, safety policies of one company might not match up with the safety policies of another company. It could mean investigation policies after an accident are different, and it could mean delays for getting the help you need when you've been injured or when you've lost a loved one.
"If it's about making money, there's no delay. But if somebody's hurt on the job, then there's always a delay on getting medical treatment or maintenance payments. There's never much urgency when it comes to paying the men and women who make the profits for the companies.
"I have the ability to give these companies a sense of urgency. I know that when I file a lawsuit against them, they know I'm serious. We have handled so many lawsuits against these companies, and we win over 95% of these cases. Companies know when we take a case, we're serious about it. We're not going to settle a case in a month or two for peanuts. We're going to take the case as far as it needs to be taken to get our client the best settlement. if they don't want to settle the case, we'll take them to court.
"There's a sense of urgency when it comes to companies' assets. When you're hurt, you're not an asset, you're a liability, and there's no urgency when you're a liability. That's where we come in.
"The second you get hurt offshore, the clock starts ticking. and it's not ticking in your favor. If the company is smart, they'll send you to doctors, they'll pay your wages and medical bills, they'll try to convince you that they're on your side, but they're not. The companies have an obligation to their shareholders... they have an obligation to minimize your claim. While they say they're taking care of you, they've got their lawyers and their insurance adjusters to minimize or eliminate your legal rights.
"I get calls about accidents that happened a year ago. They say the companies told them they would take care of them an pay their medical bills and wages, and now I realize that they really didn't mean it.
"I understand, because I have family who work offshore, that these are good jobs, that there's a reluctance to sue the company. I get that - it's an admirable way of looking at things. I'm not saying you have to sue your employer immediately. What I'm saying is that you need to take steps immediately to protect yourself in case you have to take legal action later on. When someone calls immediately after an accident, I won't tell them to file a lawsuit, I'll work behind the scenes to make sure their legal rights are protected. I've seen too many people have their rights eliminated, and I don't think that's right. You hire me and I help you level the playing field, make sure that the company is not doing anything to set you up and eliminate your rights."
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