AUGUST 29, 2011 by Ogletree Abbott
Jones Act Accidents Affect You
Jones Act accidents affect millions of maritime workers every year. When a seaman is involved in an accident that causes injury, that seaman is entitled to legal representation under the Jones Act. While not every accident leads to injury, many do – these are the cases that need legal advice. Jones Act lawyers specialize in these types of accidents and they will work hard to seek fair compensation for their clients. Even when a claim has to go in front of a jury, a Jones Act lawyer will not rest until he or she has done everything in their power to achieve justice for the client.
Fishermen and the Jones Act
Commercial fishermen are often the victims of Jones Act accidents. Recently, a clam fisherman suffered a severe injury to his hand while working aboard a fishing vessel. The Jones Act accident occurred when a line parted unexpectedly and caught the fisherman’s hand. The impact of the broken line left the man with two fractured fingers and he ultimately had to have the tip of one finger amputated. The fisherman went to a Jones Act law firm for advice. He knew that the accident was not his fault. He retained a talented attorney and a claim was filed against his employer.
The injured seaman’s attorney filed on the grounds of an unsafe working environment. The employer had an obligation to make sure that the lines were in good, working order. Because the employer failed to do this, a weakened line parted and left the worker with an injured hand. However, the man’s employer would not settle out of court, so the case went before a jury. The seaman’s attorney presented a strong case that clearly demonstrated the negligence of the employer. The jury returned with a verdict of $1 million for the injured fisherman.
Hire a Jones Act Attorney
If you, or someone you know, have been hurt in a Jones Act accident, follow the lead of this injured worker and talk to an attorney. If your employer was negligent, you could be entitled to financial compensation if you file a clam. Your Jones Act attorney will help you seek that compensation in court.
Never settle for less than what you deserve – let your attorney negotiate a settlement or take the claim to a jury if you’ve suffered from a Jones Act accident.