SEPTEMBER 30, 2011 by Ogletree Abbott
Ensure a Fair Settlement with a Jones Act Lawyer
A Jones Act lawyer understands that maritime accidents happen every day. They are educated in maritime law and work hard to garner their clients’ fair settlements and awards. If you are injured in the maritime industry and you do not have a lawyer, you will get less than you deserve. You need an experienced Jones Act lawyer to present a solid, fact-filled case that will help you get fair compensation for your injuries. You can trust your employer to be fair – and wind up with nothing. Or, you can retain a qualified lawyer to ensure that your employer is fair.
Louisiana Man Hires a Jones Act Lawyer
A seaman from Leesville, Louisiana was involved in a recent claim against his employer. M. Parker was working aboard a vessel as a deckhand. Mr. Parker was performing various tasks aboard the vessel when the straps holding a piece of equipment in place broke. The equipment fell on Mr. Parker’s hand, crushing it. The injury required multiple surgeries and Mr. Parker never regained full use of his hand. With the help of a Jones Act lawyer, he filed a claim of negligence against his employer. The Jones Act lawyer presented evidence that demonstrated the unsafe working environment.
The employer was less than willing to negotiate a settlement. The employer did not want to admit that the environment was unsafe. However, Mr. Parker’s Jones Act lawyer showed that the straps were worn and should have been replaced. The employer had an obligation to inspect these types of things and make sure they were safe. Because the employer failed to do this, Mr. Parker lost the full use of his hand. Mr. Parker’s Jones Act lawyer convinced the employer to negotiate a settlement in the amount of $3 million for lost wages, future lost wages, and medical expenses.
Contact an Experience Jones Act Lawyer Today!
If you, or someone you know, have been hurt in a maritime accident, talk to a Jones Act lawyer as soon as you can. You may not think you are entitled to compensation, but you will never know unless you get the advice of a lawyer. Your Jones Act lawyer will help you determine if you have a claim. If you do have a claim, your Jones Act lawyer will fight for your compensation until you have the financial justice you deserve.