SEPTEMBER 24, 2011 by Ogletree Abbott
Don’t Choose the Wrong Jones Act Lawyer
When you need a Jones Act lawyer, you need to make sure you choose a good one. There are mediocre lawyers everywhere – only by doing your research can you ensure you have the best legal representation possible. You can find a Jones Act lawyer anywhere, but they are not all created equal. Take the time to research your choice of lawyer before you are hurt on the job. Otherwise, you may be forced to just pick a lawyer from the yellow pages. You need a lawyer that puts your needs first, one that is not afraid of going to trial and fighting the legal fight for your rights.
Jones Act Lawyer Figures It Out
In a recent maritime claim, D. Sanders was employed as an offshore welder in Louisiana. During a routine trip on an offshore crew boat, Mr. Sanders suffered an injury when the vessel struck a sandbar. Mr. Sanders hurt his neck as a result of the impact because the vessel was traveling at an abnormally high speed. Mr. Sanders sought the help of a Jones Act lawyer because he knew something was “not quite right” about the accident. The Jones Act lawyer launched an investigation into the accident and uncovered some interesting information. The driver of the crew boat was under the influence of illegal drugs at the time of the accident. A history of drug possession was also uncovered.
With that kind of information, Mr. Sanders’ employer knew that a trial was not likely to be favorable. However, the employer and the Jones Act lawyer handling the claim could not reach a fair settlement. The case did go to trial and after two days of presenting arguments, the defendant offered another settlement offer. Mr. Sanders’ Jones Act lawyer discussed the offer with Mr. Sanders and the offer was accepted. The final settlement amount was for $950,000.
When you are hurt in a maritime accident, you need to contact a Jones Act lawyer to uncover all of the facts. Without his Jones Act lawyer, Mr. Sanders might never have found out about the drug use. If you, or someone you know, have been hurt on the job, speak with a Jones Act lawyer about handling your case. You are entitled to compensation when your employer is negligible and an experienced lawyer will help you get your fair reward.
*Names and locations have been changed to protect the privacy of those involved.