JULY 18, 2011 by Ogletree Abbott
The economy is tough – no one can deny that. Jobs are hard to find and if you have a good job, you would be wise to keep it. The maritime industry is no different than the other industries that struggle right now. As a maritime worker, you have to do everything you can to keep working and supporting your family. Unfortunately, Jones Act accidents happen all too often and can quickly knock you out of the work force. Sometimes, you are never able to return to work. If you are injured in an accident, consult with a Jones Act attorney about your rights to financial compensation. You should never have to suffer needlessly if your employer is in any way responsible for your injuries.
A deckhand was knocked out of the work force after a Jones Act accident. The deckhand was employed aboard a fishing vessel when he was involved in an accident. As the seaman was helping with the task of setting and retrieving nets, a steel ring and chain suddenly came loose. The ring and chain hit the seaman and caused a severe shoulder injury. The injury was so severe that the seaman was unable to return to his job. After consulting with a Jones Act attorney, a claim was filed against his employer.
The Jones Act accident attorney argued that the vessel was unseaworthy. Had the steel ring and chain been examined on a regular schedule, it would have been noticed that it was on the verge of breaking. With careful negotiation skills, the attorney garnered the seaman $1.2 million. The settlement covered his medical expenses, lost wages and future lost wages. This seaman knew he had the right to his own attorney – by exercising that right, he received fair compensation for his injuries.
If you, or someone you know, have been hurt while working in the maritime industry, you have the same rights under the Jones Act. Instead of leaving your financial fate in the hands of your employer (whose intentions may be good but whose bottom line is the priority), let an experienced Jones Act attorney handle your case. You deserve compensation for lost wages, medical expenses and other expenses. Your attorney can help you seek justice for your injuries.