Crew Members Always Ask Me These Questions:
- Do I have to pay you any money now to start my case?
No. We are so confident in our ability to obtain a good result for you that we do not charge any money upfront. We only collect our fees and costs when we win your case.
- Will the company cutoff my medical treatment and my maintenance money if I hire a lawyer and file a lawsuit?
No. On the contrary, when a crew member is represented by an attorney the company is far more careful about the crew member’s medical treatment and maintenance money.
- What happens to my retirement plan if I hire a lawyer and file a lawsuit?
Nothing. If you have the right to receive money from a retirement plan, that money has to be paid to you separate and in addition to any money compensation that you will receive for your injuries. Our policy is always to collect the retirement plan money for the crew member before we close his injury case.
- Do I have to pay you any money to help me collect my retirement plan money?
No. We always help our crew member clients to collect their retirement plan money, and we do not charge them anything for this service. It is a courtesy for our clients.
- How much money can I receive for my injuries?
This depends on how serious and disabling your injuries are. There are other factors that will affect the value of your case such as surgeries, your ability to return to work, the length of time you have been working for the company, the circumstances of your injuries or your sickness, etc.
- Do I have to be physically present in the United States to file a lawsuit against the company?
No. You can be in your country of origin or in any other country in the world and we can file and handle the lawsuit for you in the United States.
- Do I have to get off the ship under medical care to file a lawsuit against the company?
No. As long as you were injured or became sick aboard the ship or working for the ship, you can file a lawsuit against the company even if you did not get off the ship on medical.
- Do I have to get off the ship in an American port to file a lawsuit against the company?
No. It does not matter where you get off the ship. You can file a lawsuit against the company, even if you get off the ship in another country.
- Can I file a lawsuit in the United States, even though I am not an American citizen?
Yes. All crew members and seamen, irrespective of nationality, can file a lawsuit against the company in the United States if they are injured or become sick on the ship, or while in the service of the ship.
- Do I have to obtain a tourist (B1-B2) visa to file a lawsuit against the company?
No. You do not need a tourist (B1-B2) visa to file a lawsuit. In most cases, we can obtain a good offer for you without you having to travel to the United States. If you have to travel to the United States for the lawsuit, we will help you obtain the visa.
- Do I have to travel to the United States for my lawsuit?
In most cases, we can obtain a good offer for you without you having to travel to the United States. If you need to come, we will help you obtain a tourist visa (B1-B2) if you do not have one.