AUGUST 17, 2011 by Ogletree Abbott
When you are hurt in a maritime accident on the open sea, you have rights. You have the right to appropriate medical care. You also have the right to hire a Jones Act lawyer. Hiring a maritime attorney is your way of ensuring that you have someone on your side, someone looking out for your best interests. Your employer can make as many empty promises as they want – an experienced maritime attorney can help make sure your employer is good on his or her word. You are not at the mercy of a greedy employer – you have the right to be compensated in a fair and just manner for your injuries and expenses.
One seaman recently went through an experience that proved to him that employers couldn’t always be trusted. The seaman suffered a severe shoulder injury aboard a vessel. The injury left the seaman unable to work for an extended period of time because he needed arthroscopic surgery. The seaman decided to file a maritime claim with the help of his own attorney. Shortly after the claim was filed, the seaman was fired from his job. The maritime attorney retained by the seaman jumped on this information. A settlement was not reached and the case went to trial.
The seaman’s attorney was able to prove that the dismissal of the seaman was done in retaliation to the filing of the maritime claim. The court decided in favor of the seaman for almost $700,000. Under maritime law, it is illegal for an employer to fire an employee because they file a claim against the employer. Maritime workers have the right to hire an attorney, file maritime claims and seek compensation. This worker’s attorney understood the law and the rights of maritime workers. This understanding paid off in the end in the form of a generous award.
If you, or someone you know, have been dismissed after an injury or filing a maritime claim, you could be entitled to even more compensation. Let your maritime accident attorney decide the best route to take to get you the money you deserve. Instead of being a pawn for your employer to toy with, your maritime lawyer will help you take back control of your life and your financial future.