JUNE 24, 2011 by Ogletree Abbott
Working in the maritime industry brings a lot of joy into the lives of many people. Many maritime workers choose the field because they adore being on the waters. They have an almost spiritual connection to the water. Others choose the field because they simply need a job. Unfortunately, accidents do not know the difference between water lovers and those that just need a paycheck. Jones Act accidents occur quite frequently because the maritime industry is a dangerous industry. When an accident occurs, one of the first phone calls you need to make is the one to your Jones Act attorney. You could have a Jones Act accident claim on your hands and you will need expert advice.
One woman with an extreme love of the water and a desire for new adventures was involved in a Jones Act accident. The woman was employed as a processor aboard a factory trawler. She was assigned the task of cleaning a large auger. The auger was about six feet long and was used to process the fish. The woman was told to leave the auger running while she used a water hose to spray it clean. While wearing her rain gear, she started to hose off the auger. Her sleeve became tangled in the spinning auger and her hand and arm were pulled in, as well. Because there was no emergency shut-off switch, she ended up losing a part of her hand and arm.
The maritime worker’s employer blamed the incident on the worker. However, she knew that she was not at fault for the potentially deadly accident. Her Jones Act accident attorney knew that, too. A Jones Act claim was filed against her employer. The worker’s attorney placed the fault on the employer for not allowing the worker to turn the auger off before cleaning. Before the case could go to trial, a settlement was reached in the amount of $2.5 million.
The multi-million dollar settlement will never bring the worker’s hand and arm back. However, she now has enough money to pay all of her medical and living expenses. Without her Jones Act attorney, this case could have had a much different outcome. If you, or someone you know, have suffered a maritime injury, contact a Jones Act accident attorney for legal advice and assistance.