OCTOBER 10, 2011 by Ogletree Abbott
Waste No Time Hiring a Jones Act Lawyer
How do you know when it is time to hire a Jones Act lawyer? The answer is simple – from the moment you become injured on the job, you need an attorney. You may not think you need a lawyer so soon – after all, you should be able to trust your employer, right? Wrong – your employer stops being on your side the minute you get hurt. The risk of losing thousands, if not millions of dollars, in a claim is too great for your employer to be on your side. This is why you need a Jones Act lawyer and why you cannot waste any time in retaining one.
Texas Seaman Hires Jones Act Lawyer to Seek Settlement
K. Keith, a Texas seaman, did not waste any time in retaining the services of a Jones Act lawyer. Mr. Keith was involved in a life-altering accident while working as a crewmember aboard a barge. On the day of the accident, Mr. Keith was tending to various tasks – nothing out of the ordinary. A crane was working in the vicinity, as well, loading and unloading different items. As Mr. Keith was crossing the area where the crane was working, the crane malfunctioned. The load it was carrying fell directly on Mr. Keith. The injuries were severe and Mr. Keith was rushed to a hospital. Soon after, he contacted a Jones Act lawyer for advice.
Mr. Keith was left paralyzed from the waist down. He was no longer able to perform his duties aboard the vessel. In fact, he was unable to return to any sort of similar position. In the blink of an eye, his life had changed forever. With the help of his Jones Act lawyer, he filed a claim for compensation. His attorney was able to negotiate a quick settlement for Mr. Keith. The employer did not even attempt to go to trial. The final settlement reached between Mr. Keith’s Jones Act lawyer and his employer was for $7.5 million – more than enough money to support Mr. Keith’s needs for the rest of his life.
Hire a Jones Act Lawyer to Lead You to Financial Justice
If you, or someone you know, have been hurt while working aboard a vessel, contact a Jones Act lawyer as soon as you can. You have the right to seek compensation through legal channels. Let your Jones Act lawyer lead you through the process to financial justice.