OCTOBER 4, 2011 by Ogletree Abbott
Get Serious with a Jones Act Attorney
You may not think that you will ever need a Jones Act attorney. The truth is that if you are ever injured at sea, a Jones Act attorney is exactly what you need. When you hire a Jones Act attorney, you are hiring someone to be on your side, someone who works for you and will help you seek fair compensation. You can try to trust your employer to be fair – but in most cases, you will not get the money you deserve. By hiring a lawyer, you are letting your employer know that you are serious about the accident and serious about compensation. Make your employer take you seriously by hiring your own Jones Act attorney.
Texas Captain Hires Jones Act Attorney
H. Samuel was a captain aboard a Texas fishing vessel when he discovered the importance of hiring a Jones Act attorney. Mr. Samuel had been the captain of the vessel for several years. He never expected to be hurt on the job. The day of his accident, Mr. Samuel was attempting to climb a ladder to put away some equipment. He noticed that the ladder was old – it was not the ladder he normally used for such tasks. However, he had other things to do, so he stepped on the ladder to finish his task. After only a few steps up, one of the rungs broke and Mr. Samuel fell backward on top of several pieces of equipment. The fall left him with a neck injury that was quite painful. During his extensive recovery time, Mr. Samuel contacted a Jones Act attorney for advice.
The Jones Act attorney determined that Mr. Samuel had a claim to file. The claim stated that the employer was negligent and had failed to provide Mr. Samuel with a safe working environment. The ladder should have been removed from the vessel because it did not meet safety standards. The employer did not even attempt to fight the claim. Mr. Samuel’s Jones Act attorney quickly negotiated a settlement of over $400,000 for the injured captain.
Let a Jones Act Attorney Get You the Money You Deserve
If you, or someone you know, have been hurt in a Jones Act accident, contact a Jones Act attorney for legal advice. You may or may not have a claim on your hands, but only a qualified lawyer can tell you with certainty. Do not let your employer get away with negligent actions. Let a Jones Act attorney show your employer that you mean business and help you get the money you deserve.