JULY 11, 2011 by Ogletree Abbott
The Jones Act is in place to protect maritime workers. It is an act that helps to ensure that injured workers are not denied the same help that regular Workers’ Compensation provides. Under the Jones Act, injured workers have the right to many things, including maintenance and cure. You can also file a Jones Act claim against your employer if the circumstances surrounding your injury allow. A Jones Act accident can leave you permanently disabled or unable to work for an extended period of time. A Jones Act accident can also leave you with mountains of medical expenses. Jones Act claims are one way of getting your employer to compensate you for lost wages and medical expenses.
A tuna fisherman recently settled his Jones Act claim with the help of his skilled attorney. The fisherman was injured while working aboard a fishing vessel. The seaman’s leg was crushed between the vessel and a skiff (a small, flat-bottomed boat). The Jones Act accident caused the seaman to have his leg amputated below the knee. The seaman contacted a Jones Act attorney for advice and a claim against his employer was filed. The seaman crushed his leg performing duties that he should not have been performing at the time because of bad weather and rough seas. The employer was negligent and the case settled for $2.1 million.
This case demonstrates how much you need a good Jones Act attorney on your side. If this seaman had left it up to his employer, he may have received enough help to cover his medical costs. However, with the expertise of his attorney, he was able to receive a settlement that will sustain him for the rest of his life. This was very important to him since the amputation meant he could no longer perform his fisherman duties.
Even though the maritime industry is dangerous, this does not mean that you have to suffer with an injury. You have rights and the most valuable right you have is the right to an attorney. If your employer puts you in a potentially dangerous situation and you get hurt, you deserve to be compensated. Contact a Jones Act attorney for advice. You need experience, knowledge and determination on your side because you need compensation for your injuries.