SEPTEMBER 28, 2011 by Ogletree Abbott
Hurt On The Job?
Call a Jones Act Lawyer Today
If you are in need of a Jones Act lawyer, chances are that you have been hurt on the job and your employer is being less than helpful. A Jones Act lawyer is the best way to show your employer that you are serious about financial compensation. While there are employers out there that will be fair and compensate you accordingly, they are few and far between. Most injured seamen end up having to hire a lawyer to help them seek fair compensation. If you find yourself in this position, contact an experienced Jones Act lawyer for advice and help.
Deckhand Injured and Hires a Jones Act Lawyer
E. Madgar, a deckhand aboard a commercial fishing vessel, had to seek help from a Jones Act lawyer after he suffered a work-related injury. Mr. Madgar was attempting to pull in a large, heavy net. He was not offered any assistance in this task – he was only ordered to pull the net in as quickly as possible. As Mr. Madgar tried to haul in the wet net, he wrenched his back. The pain was severe and left Mr. Madgar unable to continue working. He had to seek immediate medical care for the injury. Mr. Madgar’s employer tried to persuade him to sign various documents during his recovery. However, Mr. Madgar chose to consult with a Jones Act lawyer before signing anything.
$1.4 million Settlement Awarded Thanks to Jones Act Lawyer
Mr. Madgar made the right decision in seeking advice from a Jones Act lawyer. His lawyer advised him not to sign anything and a claim was soon filed against the employer. Mr. Madgar’s Jones Act lawyer argued that the employer should have provided Mr. Madgar with assistance in lifting the waterlogged, heavy net. The lack of help led to the back injury. Mr. Madgar’s employer could not deny responsibility for the injury and a settlement was negotiated. Mr. Madgar’s Jones Act lawyer acquired a settlement of almost $1.4 million.
If you have been hurt because your employer failed to provide you with needed assistance, contact a Jones Act lawyer for advice. As a seaman, you have the right to a safe working environment. This includes help with heavy lifting. Let your Jones Act lawyer help you seek fair compensation for any injuries you suffered due to your employer negligence.