MAY 12, 2011 by Bill Abbott

There are many different jobs in the maritime industry.  Some people work on the vessels as crewmembers.  Others are commercial fishermen. Still others have jobs at the ports and docks.  All of the jobs in the maritime industry are important.  Everyone has something to do that keeps the industry running smoothly.  The Jones Act provides protection for many of these maritime workers.  When an injury occurs, workers can contact Jones Act attorneys for advice and to potentially file a claim.

One such injury occurred and, unfortunately, it did not have a positive outcome for the injured party.  A maritime worker was crushed between rows of containers at a port where he was employed.  A flatbed trailer had hit the containers, causing them to fall and the worker to be killed.  While his death can never be reversed, his family took the appropriate legal actions.  They contacted an experienced Jones Act attorney and a claim was filed.

The Jones Act attorney in this case argued that the area where the containers were kept was not constructed in a safe manner.  The layout was not large enough for trailers to easily maneuver.  On the day of the trial, the defendant in this case offered a settlement of $1.45 million and the deceased worker’s family accepted the offer.  The money will help provide for the worker’s spouse and children for the rest of their lives.

If you have lost a loved one to a maritime accident, contact a Jones Act attorney as soon as possible. There is a good chance that your attorney will file a claim to seek financial compensation for you and your family.  Death in the maritime industry is, unfortunately, common and surviving family members have the right to be compensated for their loss.  An experienced Jones Act law firm will know exactly what steps you need to take.


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