AUGUST 3, 2011 by Ogletree Abbott
When you are a victim of a Jones Act accident, you may not know where to turn or what to do. You probably know that you have certain rights under the Jones Act, but unless you are an attorney, you may not know what those rights are or what steps to take to ensure you get fair compensation. This is when you need a Jones Act accident attorney. Attorneys that specialize in the Jones Act will assist you with your potential claim. An attorney will answer any questions you have and offer you advice about what you need to do next.
Many Jones Act accidents are severe and leave the worker permanently disabled. Permanent disability means the seaman has no way of earning the same income again. These types of cases definitely need a Jones Act attorney to handle the legal side of a financial claim. One seaman suffered such massive injuries on the job that he had both legs amputated above the knee and was left with brain damage. The seaman was working on an offshore rig at the time of the accident. This kind of tremendous accident required the man and his family to retain the services of a qualified Jones Act attorney for help.
Their attorney wasted no time in filing the Jones Act claim against the negligent employer. The accident was a result of defective equipment that did not operate the way it was supposed to operate. Had the equipment been inspected on a regular basis, the defective parts would have been found and the seaman would not have been injured. This particular Jones Act claim settled out of court for over $24 million. Having an experienced attorney arguing the case, proving key points and handling the negotiations made it possible for the seaman and his loved ones to receive such a large settlement. However, no amount of money will bring the man’s legs back or repair the damage to his brain.
If you, or someone you know, have been severely injured in a Jones Act accident, one of your first phone calls should be to an experienced law firm. You have rights under the Jones Act, rights that are in place to protect you and help you seek compensation. Do not leave your financial future in the hands of your employer. Take charge of your life and hire a qualified Jones Act attorney to handle your claim.