SEPTEMBER 12, 2011 by Ogletree Abbott
Role of a Jones Act Lawyer
When you are hurt on the job, your employer may try to convince you to agree to certain things. For instance, your employer might offer you a small sum of money in exchange for your agreement to not file a claim. This is when you need a Jones Act lawyer for advice. A Jones Act lawyer works for you and will help you understand any offers your employer makes. In many cases, your lawyer will advise you not to sign any documents and they will help you file a claim. You deserve fair compensation for your injuries – not a meager amount – and your Jones Act lawyer can help you get it.
M. Yaglow Hires a Jones Act Lawyer
Understanding your rights is an important part of a being a seaman. You have to know what you will do in the event of an accident and injury. M. Yaglow was a crewmember aboard a vessel outside of Louisiana when he suffered an injury. Mr. Yaglow knew his rights and wasted no time in contacting a Jones Act lawyer for help. Mr. Yaglow was injured when he was assigned the task of cleaning in the small kitchen area of the vessel. He had to climb on top of a counter to clean behind a coffee machine. Mr. Yaglow stepped on a glass and lost his balance, falling onto a stack of coffee cup racks. After the accident, he was in so much pain that he could not move. Although his employer sent him for treatment, nothing was discovered until he sought his own treatment.
A Jones Act Lawyer Can Get You Settlement
Mr. Yaglow’s doctor discovered a herniated disc that required surgery. Mr. Yaglow contacted a Jones Act lawyer about his case. A claim was filed against the employer for negligence. Mr. Yaglow’s Jones Act lawyer argued that his client should not have been told to climb on the counter to clean behind the coffee machine. This was clearly an unsafe position to be in and it led to the injury. The employer decided to settle the case for almost $200,000. Mr. Yaglow and his Jones Act lawyer were satisfied with the settlement.
If you, or someone you know, have been injured on the job, make that phone call to a Jones Act lawyer. You do not have to suffer in pain just because your employer’s doctors do not find the source of your pain. You have the right to seek your own treatment and your lawyer can help you. Let an experienced Jones Act lawyer help you garner the settlement or award you deserve, as well as the appropriate treatment.
*Names and locations changed to protect privacy.