November 2015

MAKE SURE TO GET A COPY OF YOUR MEDICAL RECORDS

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Injured mariners often forget to request a copy of their medical record following a visit to their doctor's office. This is especially imperative if you are in a foreign port. Obtaining these records later can be problematic. Shipowners can usually obtain these records as part of their handling of any potential claim. Many times these records contain errors, are incomplete, or worse, the shipowner may meddle with the doctor's report to their own advantage. Like we have emphasized, any time you are injured, the shipowner does not hesitate to investigate your case. Do not be disadvantaged at the outset by an erroneous report from a foreign company doctor. Get your records and make sure they properly reflect your visit to the health provider.

QUESTION FROM THE BRIDGE

I was seen overseas in a clinic where I was examined by a foreign doctor who didn't speak much English. When I got home and made a claim for maintenance and cure the company said the doctor did not make me unfit to work for more than a week. I am sure he told me I was unfit for a much longer period. How can this be corrected?
Earl, Baton Rouge

Answer:
If you had obtained a copy of his notes it would have clarified the situation. Sometimes these notes are written in a different language and require translation. You will now have to try to get the notes directly from the doctor unless the shipowner provides you with a set that has not been altered by either the company or the doctor.

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