Does Your Doctor Understand Your Job?
If you are being treated for an injury make sure your doctor understands the physical demands of your sea going job. The Department of Labor classifies merchant marine work as “heavy” labor. The US Coast Guard requires overhead lifting of at least 50 pounds, the ability to climb ladders and participate in life saving drills, amongst other things. Treating physicians are often unfamiliar with how rigorous the job is and will make you fit for duty without understanding the physical demands of your job. This can have an impact on your claim, but more importantly it can subject you to further injury or put other crewmembers at risk of injury. Make sure to educate your doctor!
Question From The Bridge
I sustained a back injury on my job as an AB. My doctor said I was okay to go back to work but I can’t lift more than about 35 or 40 lbs without quite a bit of pain? How do they expect me to do my job at sea?
Eddie A. New Orleans
Your doctor obviously is not familiar with the minimum job requirements of an AB. If it is not too late, suggest that you provide him with the Coast Guard job description (including weight lifting requirements) so that he can better understand your job requirements. Your job is not a light or medium job, it is clearly one with heavy and strenuous demands
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