PINOY MARINO RIGHTS: Spine injuries at sea

ATTY. DENNIS R. GORECHO 03/12/2019

Back pains or spine injuries or illnesses are inherent in a seafarer’s  job characterized by excessive and strenuous physical activities, such as lifting, carrying, pushing, pulling and moving heavy equipment and materials. The injury or illness may occur…

PINOY MARINO RIGHTS: Smoking and stress

ATTY. DENNIS R. GORECHO 03/06/2019

  Smoking , by itself, cannot  be a factor that bars compensation for the seafarer’s death due to  illnesses such as aneurism. The tendency of seafarers to smoke is often associated with the stress experienced at sea.…

PINOY MARINO RIGHTS: Malaria in the  seafaring industry

ATTY. DENNIS R. GORECHO 02/27/2019

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. The work on seagoing vessels is long associated with an increased risk of…

PINOY MARINO RIGHTS: Heartaches

ATTY. DENNIS R. GORECHO 02/13/2019

A job of a seafarer is not exactly a walk in the park as one  with a  heart condition is “a walking time bomb ready to explode towards the end of his employment days.”  (GSIS vs. Alcaraz,…

Beneficiaries of seafarer’s death compensation

ATTY. DENNIS R. GORECHO 02/05/2019

  The legal battle for death compensation of the deceased seafarer, in some instances, becomes a  “telenovela” case due to confusion as to the rightful recipients of the death benefits. Under an employment contract duly approved by…

 Post-contract death and medical records on board the vessel 

ATTY. DENNIS R. GORECHO 01/30/2019

  A seafarer’s  illness which caused his post-repatriation death must be properly  documented  during the term of his contract in relation to death compensation benefits. As a general rule, the death of the seafarer  should occur during the effectivity of…

Seafarer’s stress and stroke

ATTY. DENNIS R. GORECHO 01/23/2019

A seafarer who suffered stroke on board the vessel must be compensated due to work-related stress. In the case of Magsaysay Mitsui OSK Marine, Inc. v. Bengson (G.R. No. 198528, October 13, 2014) disregarded the employer’s claim that…

Seafarer’s repatriation on compassionate grounds

ATTY. DENNIS R. GORECHO 01/16/2019

 As a general rule, the employment of the seafarer shall cease when the he  completes his period of contractual service aboard the ship, signs-off from the ship and arrives at the point of hire. Similarly, a seafarer’s…

Osteoarthritis as a compensable seafarer’s illness

ATTY. DENNIS R. GORECHO 10/29/2018

Degenerative changes of the spine, also known as osteoarthritis, is considered as a work-related. due to the seafarer’s performance of tasks that clearly involved unduly heavy physical labor and joint strain. A job of a seafarer is…

Dubious Certificate of Fitness in disability claims

ATTY. DENNIS R. GORECHO 04/16/2018

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…

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