Case Note 35361 [2003] NZPrivCmr 9 – Seaman complains about doctor discussing shipboard injury with employer

A seaman injured his finger on board ship. The captain sent him to a doctor who stitched the finger and certified the seaman unfit for work for 10 days. Later that day, the shipping line manager contacted the doctor to see if the seaman could undertake watch duties. The doctor agreed he was fit for light duties. The seaman complained to me about the doctor discussing the injury with the manager without his permission.

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