SEPTEMBER 15, 2011 by Ogletree Abbott
Don’t Risk Anything:
Hire a Jones Act Lawyer
Maritime accidents happen more than you realize, and when an injury occurs, you need an experienced Jones Act lawyer to help you. Injuries often require compensation and your lawyer can help negotiate a settlement with your employer. Without a good Jones Act lawyer, you may not get the compensation you deserve from your employer. When maritime workers choose to deal with their employers on their own, they are taking a huge, financial risk. Employers are not always as fair as they should be, especially when it comes to money. That is why you must have an educated, experienced lawyer helping you get the money you deserve.
Surgery, Negligence, and a Jones Act Lawyer
A seaman in Louisiana recently filed a maritime claim against his employer after being injured in an accident. B. McDaniel was employed aboard a vessel as a captain. Mr. McDaniel was seated in the captain’s chair when the vessel hit rough waters. The chair overturned and Mr. McDaniel hit his head on the rear wall of the cabin. The resulting neck injury required various levels of surgery to repair. Mr. McDaniel went to a Jones Act lawyer for advice. The Jones Act lawyer determined that Mr. McDaniel did have a case against his employer and a claim was filed.
Jones Act Lawyer Garners Large Settlement
The claim against the employer cited negligence and an unsafe working environment. The captain’s chair in question should have been secured to the floor of the cabin. At one point, it had been secured to the floor – however, the mechanism holding the chair in place had broken. This broken chair led to the neck injury and the surgeries. The Jones Act lawyer retained by Mr. McDaniel put together a strong case against the employer. The employer was responsible for maintaining all the equipment on the vessel, including the captain’s chair. Because of this negligence, Mr. McDaniel was injured. His Jones Act lawyer was able to garner a settlement for almost $900,000.
Without a Jones Act lawyer on your side, your medical expenses and lost wages could go unpaid, leaving you with a mountain of debt. When your employer is negligent, you need a good lawyer to help you seek compensation. The next time you, or someone you know, are hurt aboard a vessel, waste no time in contacting a qualified lawyer for advice. It could mean the difference between paying your bills and being left with a lifetime of debt.
*Names and locations have been changed to protect the privacy of those involved.