SEPTEMBER 19, 2011 by Ogletree Abbott
Hurt? Contact a Jones Act Lawyer
If you work in the maritime industry, you know that there is a chance you will be hurt on the job. What you may not know is you have the right to hire a Jones Act lawyer. Your employer may try to discourage you from hiring a lawyer, but it is your right. By hiring a Jones Act lawyer, you will have a much better chance of receiving fair compensation. Without a lawyer, your fate is essentially in the hands of your employer. Even the most trusted employer can turn nasty when there is money involved. Save yourself the stress and worry by hiring an experienced Jones Act lawyer to help you.
Jones Act Lawyer Begins Investigation
Knee injuries are quite common in the maritime industry. J. Williams was employed as a crewmember aboard a barge when he suffered a knee injury. Mr. Williams slipped and fell on the deck of the barge. The resulting knee injury required surgery to repair the damage, which left Mr. Williams unable to work for an extended period of time. Unsure of his rights, he decided to speak with a Jones Act lawyer about the accident. A claim was filed against his employer and his Jones Act lawyer launched an investigation. During the course of the investigation, his lawyer discovered various safety reports pertaining to the condition of the barge. It was discovered that the area where Mr. Williams had fell was supposed to be covered with non-skid paint to prevent falls. Since the area did not meet safety standards, his employer was negligent and responsible for the accident.
A Jones Act Lawyer Will Negotiate Settlement
Mr. Williams’ Jones Act lawyer immediately began negotiations for a settlement. The safety reports and safety regulations were difficult to argue with – the employer decided that settling the claim was the best choice. The final settlement negotiated by the Jones Act lawyer and the employer was for just over $300,000. Mr. Williams had a successful surgery and was eventually able to return to work.
When you need to contact a Jones Act lawyer, pay attention to the level of experience. Experienced Jones Act lawyers know the law, inside and out. They know how to negotiate settlements with stubborn employers. Your lawyer should never be afraid to fight for your right to compensation.
*Names and locations have been changed to protect the privacy of those involved.