Seafarers and Infections

Tuesday, May 8, 2018, 12:03 a.m. By: Atty. Dennis R. Gorecho   It is a well-known fact that seafaring is one of the most hazardous occupations, in regards to personal health and safety concerns of seafarers. Apart from accidents, seafarers are prone to certain serious diseases and health hazards due to the nature of onboard

Accident or Illness Report while on board the vessel

Wednesday, March 21, 2018, 12:41 a.m. By: Atty. Dennis R. Gorecho The liabilities of the employer when the seafarer suffers work-related injury or illness during the term of his contract include medical treatment apart from disability benefits and sickness allowance. A medically repatriated seafarer, either due to an injury or an illness, should remember that

Dubious Certificate of Fitness in disability claims

Monday, January 15, 2018, 11:31 p.m.  By: Atty Dennis R. Gorecho The Supreme Court warned companies from issuing dubious Certificate of Fitness which it described as “a ploy that aims to take advantage of the worker’s lack of sufficient legal knowledge and his desperate circumstances” The Supreme Court ruled in favor of a young seafarer

The 120/240 day rule on seafarer’s disability cases

12:36 am Tuesday, July 11, 2017 By: Atty. Dennis R. Gorecho The number of days under medication is a significant element in determining the disability benefits of a seafarer who was a medically repatriated. The seafarer’s standard employment contract of the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA)    enumerates under Section 20(A) (3) the three classes of benefits the

Pre-Employment Medical Examination (PEME) and pre-existing illnesses

2:29 am Friday, June 2, 2017 By: Atty. Dennis R. Gorecho According to the International Labor Organization (ILO),  the aim of the  Pre -Employment Medical Examination (PEME)  is to ensure that the seafarer being examined is medically fit to perform his or her routine and emergency duties at sea and is not suffering from any medical condition

Heartache

12:43 am Tuesday, January 31, 2017 By: Atty. Dennis R. Gorecho A job of a seafarer is not exactly a walk in the park. One with a heart condition is “a walking time bomb ready to explode towards the end of his employment days.” Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is a term to describe conditions of the

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