After an on-the-job injury, chances are high that your employer will place you under video surveillance. In an effort to avoid paying for injuries, maritime employers often hire private investigators to film injured employees doing things outside the house that make them look more or less healthy and ready to return to work. Even something as insignificant as picking up a child or carrying in the groceries could be used to make a valid injury look minor or, at worst, nonexistent. This evidence allows the company the opportunity to argue to the jury that you are no longer hurt when in fact you are. Unfavorable video footage can easily destroy your chances of recovering compensation for damages you may incur down the road, including future medical expenses and future pain and suffering. Remember to always be aware of your surroundings when in public and to refrain from unnecessary physical activity. Do not give the other side any excuse to avoid paying the amount you truly deserve.
If you or a loved one has been injured offshore on a ship, rig, tanker or other vessel, contact the experienced maritime attorneys at Zehl & Associates today for a free, confidential consultation: 1-888-302-3838.