JULY 29, 2011 by Ogletree Abbott
As a maritime worker, you understand the risks you take when performing your job. The maritime industry can be a dangerous industry. Fortunately, the Jones Act provides certain rights and protections to you and all other maritime workers. If you are hurt in a Jones Act accident, you have the right to hire an attorney and seek compensation for your injuries. Seeking compensation may be the only choice you have to pay for your medical and living expenses. This may not be an easy process, but an experienced Jones Act attorney will do everything possible to make it go quickly and smoothly.
A maritime worker was involved in a Jones Act accident that left her with a neck injury. The worker was injured when cans rolled off a shelf, striking her in the head. The multiple blows to her head wound up injuring her neck. She sought medical treatment and, although surgery was not recommended, she still suffered from pain and discomfort. The worker decided to speak with an attorney about her Jones Act accident and see what options she had. The attorney recommended filing a claim against her employer for not providing a safe working environment.
The employer was not open to settlement negotiations because they did not feel that the workers injury was serious. They did not believe it was serious because she did not need immediate surgery. However, the worker’s Jones Act attorney was not afraid of going in front of a jury. The attorney was confident in his legal abilities and in the strength of the worker’s case. After presenting the case and supporting evidence in front of a jury, an award was given to the injured worker. The jury awarded her over $1 million for her injury, lost wages and other expenses.
This case shows that, while not all cases settle, if your case goes to a jury, your attorney will fight for your rights. Jones Act attorneys are skilled and educated in maritime law. They understand the complexities, the ins and the outs, and they will argue your case aggressively. If you, or someone you know, have been hurt in a Jones Act accident, speak with an attorney. You, too, could be entitled to compensation.