APRIL 27, 2011 by Bill Abbott
Filing a Jones Act claim is a very involved process. It is not something that you should try without the assistance of a skilled Jones Act attorney. The Jones Act protects seamen if they are injured in the line of duty. While it may seem like a simple act, it is actually a detailed and complex act, one that only an experienced Jones Act attorney will understand. With your attorney handling your claim, you will have a much better chance of receiving your just rewards.
A recent Jones Act claim was settled for the healthy sum of $2 million. The case involved a seaman that was employed aboard a geological survey vessel. The vessel hit an unlighted caisson in the Gulf of Mexico. A caisson is a structure that allows construction work to be done under water. Since there were no lights on the caisson, the vessel did not see it until it was too late. The seaman suffered a severe neck injury due to the impact.
Under the guidance of a skilled Jones Act attorney, the seaman filed a claim against his employer, the owner/operator of the vessel and the owner/operator of the caisson. With careful negotiating tactics, the seaman’s attorney and the defendants reached a fair settlement. Imagine if the seaman had tried to negotiate his own settlement. It is quite likely that he would not have received an amount close to the final $2 million. This case demonstrates how retaining the services of a reputable attorney will help you with your case.
If you, or someone you know, have been injured in the maritime industry, contact a Jones Act attorney to help you with your claim. You deserve to be compensated for your injuries, medical expenses and lost wages. Your attorney can help you get the maximum settlement in the least amount of time.