Is there really a ‘black list’ of offshore maritime workers who are injured or file a claim against their employers? In our opinion after practicing maritime law for more than 50 years in the Gulf Coast area, NO- there is no black list. In fact several of our former clients, for whom we obtained excellent settlements, successfully returned to work offshore after they recovered from their injuries. Also, many laws today prevent a former employer from revealing certain information including if the employee suffered any injury while working for the company.
If you are threatened with being ‘blacklisted’ after you have an injury, it most likely means your company is simply trying to prevent you from seeing a good maritime attorney. Please call our office to discuss your case. You should also report your employer to the United States Department of Labor and the U. S. Coast Guard employment office.