MARCH 22, 2011 by Bill Abbott
It is fairly common knowledge that the Jones Act provides protection to maritime workers that are injured performing their jobs. What many people do not realize is that the Jones Act provides the same protection to workers exposed to asbestos. People that are affected by asbestos illnesses usually do not experience symptoms for many years. Many people are under the impression that the statute of limitations starts at the exposure to asbestos. Because of this belief, many claims that fall under the Jones Act are not filed.
In asbestos cases, the Jones Act three-year statute of limitations begins when the illness is first diagnosed. This means that former maritime workers that fall ill from asbestos exposure are still protected, even if they have been retired for many years. Only a qualified Jones Act attorney can help determine if there is a claim to be filed. Asbestos exposure is a serious matter with potentially deadly results. If a Jones Act attorney determines that a claim can be filed, action should be taken quickly.
Exposure to asbestos can cause mesothelioma, a rare and deadly form of cancer. Maritime workers that were exposed to asbestos years ago can still develop this disease. Current and former maritime workers who were exposed to asbestos on the job and who develop this disease should contact a Jones Act attorney right away. A Jones Act attorney will immediately seek compensation under the protection of the act. The claims must be filed within three years of the diagnosis. Although monetary compensation will not stop the cancer, it can cover medical expenses for treatment and pain and suffering.
If you or a loved one has been exposed to asbestos during the course of maritime work, do not waste time contacting a Jones Act attorney. Time is of the essence to you and your loved ones in getting the compensation you deserve.