SEPTEMBER 13, 2011 by Ogletree Abbott
Jones Act Lawyer Gets Justice
Hiring a Jones Act lawyer is your first step towards financial justice. When you are hurt in a Jones Act accident, you need someone to turn to, someone on your side. A Jones Act lawyer is that person. Jones Act lawyers work for their client, not for the employer. Without an experienced lawyer, your employer will have free reign to treat you unfairly – even deny you your right to compensation. Your lawyer will ensure that you are treated with respect and dignity, as well as help you get the money you deserve. Make the first step for yourself and contact a lawyer as soon as possible.
Death at Sea and a Jones Act Lawyer’s Role
When a seaman is killed at sea, there is a definite need for a Jones Act lawyer. Without someone to be the voice of the deceased, without someone to fight for the rights of the surviving family, the death would have no justice. In a recent wrongful death claim, J. Thompkins, a barge captain from New York, lost his life while performing his job. An explosion in the engine room of the barge Thompkins captained killed the seaman instantly. Suffering with the loss of their loved one, Thompkins’ family decided to speak with a Jones Act lawyer about a possible wrongful death lawsuit.
A Jones Act Lawyer Makes Sure You’re Compensated
The Jones Act lawyer determined that the family did have a case. The claim was filed on behalf of Thompkins’ surviving family members. The wrongful death claim discussed the fact that the explosion was the result of defective machinery. Without proper maintenance, the explosion was inevitable – therefore, Thompkins’ employer, A. Howard, was negligent in maintaining the machinery and responsible for the death. Howard decided to negotiate a settlement with the family and Jones Act lawyer for an amount of $3 million.
Thompkins left behind a wife and two children. With the wrongful death settlement, this family now has a means of financial support. If you are the surviving family member of a seaman killed on the job, contact a Jones Act lawyer for assistance. Depending on the circumstances of the death, you could be entitled to compensation. Your Jones Act lawyer will help you seek justice in the courtroom for the loss of your loved one.
*Names and locations have been changed to protect the privacy of those involved.