JULY 12, 2011 by Ogletree Abbott
As a maritime worker, safety is an important part of your job. Following all of the safety procedures that your employer has in place is crucial to avoiding injury. Properly maintaining equipment is also an important part of staying safe. Maritime accidents can happen in the blink of an eye, even with the most stringent safety rules. You have to be prepared for the unexpected and you have to know what to do in the event of an emergency. No matter how much training and experience you have, you are still at risk for a maritime accident. If this happens to you, speak with a Jones Act attorney about your injury. You could have a claim against your employer.
An offshore worker finally received a just award for the injuries he suffered from a maritime accident. The worker was employed on a deep sea drilling platform. The hydraulic basked malfunctioned and the worker was hit in the face by several moving parts. The impact caused severe brain injuries that left the worker unable to care for himself or his family. The family of the worker sought the advice of a maritime law firm. The attorneys wasted no time in filing a maritime claim against the employer.
The case did not settle. The employer did not want to admit any fault for the maritime accident. However, the maritime attorney argued successfully to the jury and was able to prove that the employer was negligent and at fault for the accident. The jury awarded the injured worker $4.1 million. The family now has the funds to care for the worker for the rest of his life, as well as provide for his medical expenses and their living expenses.
While not all maritime claims end up in front of a jury, if your claim does, you want an experienced attorney on your side. Jury trials call for the professionals, the maritime attorneys that are not afraid to stand in court and argue your case. If you, or someone you know, have been in a maritime accident, seek legal counsel as soon as possible. Choose an attorney that specializes in maritime law and is not afraid to go to bat for you, in or out of the courtroom.