JUNE 23, 2011 by Ogletree Abbott
Most people know that the maritime industry is a dangerous one. Maritime accidents occur quite frequently and in many cases, safety is an underlying issue. It is essential for maritime workers to be trained in safety procedures for their given line of work. Inexperienced maritime workers get hurt because they do not have the skills and safety training of their veteran co-workers. However, even workers that have been on the job for decades can still get hurt in a maritime accident. When an accident happens, Jones Act claims can be filed with the help of a maritime attorney.
Hiring a maritime attorney is one of your legal rights as a maritime worker. No matter what your employer might tell you, you must remember that you have the right to your own representation. Without your own attorney, your maritime accident could be swept under the rug. A recent maritime claim involved a seaman that was injured aboard a fishing vessel. The seaman was the captain of the fishing vessel and the vessel was docked at the time of the maritime accident. The captain was attempting to climb a ladder that he believed was securely in place. He was wrong. The ladder shifted, causing the captain to fall, resulting in a severe back injury.
The captain contacted an experienced maritime law firm for advice. Together, the captain and his attorney filed a maritime claim against his employer. Even though the fishing vessel was docked at the time of the accident, he was still performing work as the captain when he fell. The maritime accident fell within the legal protection of the Jones Act. The negotiating skills of the captain’s attorney proved to be successful. The attorney was able to garner the injured captain a settlement for $436,000.
This particular case demonstrates how maritime accidents can occur even when a vessel is docked. You think you are in a safe environment because the vessel is not on the open water; but accidents can and will happen anywhere. If you, or someone you know, have suffered an injury from a maritime accident, seek legal advice regardless of where the accident occurred. You could be entitled to compensation for your injuries, lost wages and much more.