AUGUST 10, 2011 by Ogletree Abbott
Jones Act accidents can be serious or minor accidents. These kinds of accidents can leave a seaman unable to return to work. They can cause a seaman to miss a few days of work and then return. No matter what the severity level of your Jones Act accident is, it is always a good idea to have your own attorney. With your own Jones Act lawyer, you will know that you have someone on your side, someone that is looking out for your best interests. After all, even the best employers can turn quite ugly when money is involved.
One recent Jones Act accident left a seaman unable to return to work. The seaman was working on a barge and, on the day of the accident, he was attempting to climb a ladder of a lock wall. Somehow, the seaman’s leg became trapped between the lock wall and the barge. His leg was crushed and, ultimately, the seaman had to have it amputated. This loss of limb left the worker unable to return to his former job, thus leaving him without any means of financial support for himself or his family.
The seaman wasted no time in contacting an experienced Jones Act attorney. He knew that he was entitled to compensation – after all, he lost his leg performing his job due to someone else’s mistake. The seaman’s attorney filed a Jones Act claim against the seaman’s employer. The employer did not want to risk going to trial because a verdict for the plaintiff could have resulted in a multi-million dollar award. The employer and the seaman’s Jones Act attorney negotiated a settlement for the injuries, lost wages, and future lost wages. The final settlement was for $1.5 million.
Anytime a Jones Act accident leads to a permanent disability, there should be no question that you need an attorney. When you have lost your only means of support, you deserve compensation, especially if the disability was the fault of your employer. If you, or someone you know, have been seriously hurt in a Jones Act accident, contact an experienced and trusted attorney. Your attorney will help you make the decision of filing a claim and your attorney will help you seek a fair settlement for your injuries.