SEPTEMBER 12, 2011 by Ogletree Abbott
Why Do I Need a Jones Act Lawyer?
Being hurt on the job means having a Jones Act lawyer ready to help you. Jones Act accidents often result in claims against employers. If an employer is negligent, then they have an obligation to compensate the injured party. This compensation can include lost wages, future lost wages, medical expenses, and more. Only an experienced Jones Act lawyer can help you garner the fairest settlement or award. Choose an inexperienced lawyer and you risk walking away with a minimal amount – or even nothing. Choose a lawyer that knows the law and is willing to fight for you in court.
A Jones Act Lawyer Takes the Case
R. J. Putt was a deckhand aboard a vessel when he suffered a severe hip injury. Mr. Putt was not involved in actual working duties at the time of his injury. However, he was doing something that he was asked to do by the captain. Mr. Putt was moving some weights from one room to another on the vessel. The weights were kept on the vessel as a form of recreation for the crew. As Mr. Putt was walking down a stairway with the weights, he tripped over an obstacle on the stairs. The fall left him with a broken hip and Mr. Putt immediately contacted his Jones Act lawyer. The Jones Act lawyer advised him to file a claim.
The Beauty of an Experienced Jones Act Lawyer
The claim cited an unsafe working environment. While Mr. Putt was not actually working, he was performing a task the captain asked him to perform. The stairway was unsafe for all crewmembers, regardless of whether they were on duty or not – the obstacle was clearly a fall hazard. Mr. Putt’s Jones Act lawyer presented a strong case of negligence and his employer decided to settle. The employer and Mr. Putt’s Jones Act lawyer negotiated a settlement for $150,000. Mr. Putt received necessary medical care and eventually returned to work.
If you, or someone you know, have suffered a broken bone because of an accident, contact a Jones Act lawyer. You need legal help when dealing with a personal injury, especially in the Jones Act industry. Your Jones Act lawyer will help you file your claim, negotiate a settlement, or fight for your compensation in court. You do not have to face the stress and worry alone – your experienced Jones Act lawyer will help you every step of the way.
*Names and locations changed to protect privacy.