JUNE 29, 2011 by Ogletree Abbott
Maritime workers work hard to fulfill their duties in a variety of jobs in the industry. Some of these workers toil away on oilrigs. Others make their living on crab boats. There are a slew of jobs in between and every maritime worker earns his or her position on the proverbial totem pole. However, no matter where your place is on the totem pole, Jones Act accidents can still affect your livelihood. From the captain of a vessel to the cook, Jones Act accidents can happen to anyone, at any time. While you may take every precaution to prevent accidents, if an injury occurs, talk to a Jones Act accident attorney for advice.
A recent Jones Act accident involved a seaman and a broken door. The seaman was employed aboard a vessel as an oiler. Assigned the task of fixing a broken door, the seaman tried to make the repairs. The door was large and heavy. The worker was able to get part of the door hooked back up but it was not enough. The vessel hit a rough area of water and the door fell on the seaman. The door caused several injuries, including a ruptured disc and a pinched nerve. The Jones Act accident also aggravated an old injury.
The injured seaman decided to consult with a Jones Act attorney about his accident. A Jones Act claim was filed because the seaman should have never been asked to fix the door alone. The door was large and heavy and there was no feasible way the seaman could have safely handled it. While the injuries the seaman suffered were not so severe that he was never able to work, they still caused him pain and suffering. The Jones Act attorney was able to garner a settlement of almost $400,000 for the injured seaman.
Many Jones Act accidents occur when seamen are asked to perform tasks that require help. Without assistance, accidents like falling doors are no surprise. If you, or someone you know, have been hurt while you were performing your job duties, contact an experienced Jones Act attorney at the Ogletree Abbott Law Firm for advice. Your attorney can help you get the money you deserve for your injuries.