APRIL 26, 2011 by Bill Abbott

When dealing with maritime injuries and Jones Act claims, there is never a definitive timeline.  For some injured workers, settlements are reached quickly and with little hassle.  For others, usually the more complex cases, the timeline can be longer.  With an experienced maritime lawyer handling your case, you can rest assured that your case will be over as swiftly as possible.  A maritime case that started in 2008 is one example of the varying timelines when it comes to maritime injuries.

A Texas refinery worker was burned over 25% of his body when a flash fire erupted.  The fire happened when hot oil ignited and since the worker was on a platform, he was unable to escape the fire.  The worker knew he had a maritime case that needed professional legal counsel.  He hired a maritime law firm that took control of his case and filed a claim against ExxonMobil.  The maritime attorney argued that the oil should have been transported in an enclosed pipe since it was a fire risk.

While this case did have to go to trial, the arguments for the plaintiff were strong and compelling.  The dedication of the maritime law firm in this case resulted in an award of $2.4 million for the plaintiff. When a maritime attorney is educated in the law and works aggressively for his or her client, the outcome is that much more likely to be positive.  Whether you have a claim that is settled quickly or one that requires more effort, your maritime lawyer should approach the case with compassion and aggression.

If you, or someone you know, have been injured in the maritime industry, consult with an attorney as soon as you can.  When you need a maritime attorney to handle your Jones Act claim or other maritime law claim, do not be hasty in your choice.  Collaborate with experienced lawyers that will always have your best interests at heart.


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