May 2010; Galveston, Texas

Man Overboard Leads to Jones Act Settlement Attorney

Y. Garber needed a Jones Act settlement attorney after he was hurt in the maritime industry in 2010. Mr. Garber was working aboard a Galveston vessel at the time of the accident. The boat had just left the dock when Mr. Garber was hurt. He was moving some cargo from the deck to a lower level. As he maneuvered a large box near the railing, he tripped over a coil of rope on the deck. Mr. Garber fell overboard. He struck his head on the boat as he fell and lost consciousness. The other workers quickly rescued Mr. Garber before he drowned. He was taken to the nearest hospital for treatment. Doctors discovered some minor bleeding of the brain. Mr. Garber was in the hospital for two weeks as his brain healed. He spoke with a Jones Act settlement attorney about the case.

Attorney Seeks Jones Act Settlement for Seaman

The Jones Act settlement attorney filed a claim for compensation. Even though Mr. Garber’s brain healed, he was left with lasting effects of the injury. His vision would blur without warning and he also suffered horrendous headaches. The blurry vision left him unable to work in the maritime industry because of the safety risk. Mr. Garber had been a maritime worker for 25 years – he had just lost his only source of income. The Jones Act settlement attorney sought compensation for medical expenses and future lost wages. Mr. Garber needed a way to survive since he could no longer work and a Jones Act settlement could ensure his lifestyle.

The Jones Act settlement attorney investigated the accident. The coil of rope was left on the deck by another worker. It represented a clear and present danger. In addition to the rope, the employer should have made sure all cargo was secured on the lower level before leaving the dock. The combination of the rope, the movement of the boat, and Mr. Garber’s full hands led to the accident. The attorney sought a Jones Act settlement for the claim, rather than an expensive and lengthy trial.

Jones Act Settlement Helps Injured Seaman

The employer decided the smartest thing to do was to agree to a Jones Act settlement. A trial would cost a great deal of money if the jury ruled in favor of Mr. Garber – and most likely, the jury would rule in his favor. The Jones Act settlement was agreed upon out of court and provided Mr. Garber with a means of survival for the rest of his life.

Posted on March 26, 2012