SEPTEMBER 19, 2011 by Ogletree Abbott
The Jones Act Attorneys and You
During your search for good Jones Act attorneys, you may not know where to turn. Your employer could be trying to convince you to agree to their terms without having your own lawyer. You may feel overwhelmed with the stress of recovering from your injury and the stress of dealing with your employer. This is why you should have several experienced Jones Act attorneys in mind before you are ever hurt in an accident. Your lawyer will handle any and all negotiations with your employer, leaving you free to concentrate on recuperating from your injuries.
Jones Act Attorneys Reach Huge Settlement
C. David, a seaman out of Lousiana, was involved in a recent accident that left him with serious injuries. Mr. David contacted a Jones Act attorney to help him after his accident. The injuries occurred aboard the vessel when Mr. David was hit in the head by a pipe. The pipe was improperly tack-welded into place. The pipe was jarred loose, fell and struck Mr. David. The blow left him with facial injuries and brain trauma. Mr. David and his family decided to contact Jones Act attorneys for help. The attorney filed a claim against the employer and launched an immediate investigation.
The investigation discovered the reason the pipe had fell – the tack welding had not been strong enough to hold it in place. The pipe was only supposed to be tack-welded for a limited amount of time and then removed. However, Mr. David’s employer had failed to remove the pipe, making the working environment unsafe. Mr. David’s Jones Act attorneys presented a strong case, but the employer did not want to settle. The Jones Act attorneys representing the plaintiff were not afraid to go to trial. A mere two days before the trial was set to begin, the employer changed his tune and agreed to a settlement. The final amount was for $14 million. The large settlement was due to the fact that Mr. David was unable to return to work because of the brain injury.
Speak to Jones Act Attorneys Today
If you, or someone you know, have been hurt on the job, speaking with experienced Jones Act attorneys should be first on your to-do list. Qualified Jones Act attorneys will know exactly what to do to make sure you are fairly compensated. Waste no time seeking legal advice – because your employer will waste no time preparing a defense.
*Names and locations have been changed to protect the privacy of those involved.