NOVEMBER 27, 2011 by Ogletree Abbott
Your Jones Act Lawyer Will Negotiate a Fair Settlement
A Jones Act lawyer is your strongest ally when dealing with a maritime claim. When you are injured on the job as a seaman, you need an attorney to protect your rights. Your employer might try to convince you that you do not need an attorney – this is only because your employer is looking out for their bottom line. Consulting with a Jones Act lawyer is your right and you should never be afraid to exercise your rights. Let your attorney deal with your employer and negotiate a fair and just settlement for the injuries you suffered.
Jones Act Lawyer Helps Family of Deceased Seaman
The family of Y. Rocker protected their rights with a Jones Act lawyer. Mr. Rocker lost his life at sea when the fishing vessel he was aboard sank. The accident occurred with little warning to the crewmembers. The vessel sank quickly and many seamen lost their lives, including Mr. Rocker. The seaman’s family consulted with a Jones Act lawyer about their loss. They felt that this death could have been avoided with better safety procedures and protocol. After careful consideration, a wrongful death claim was filed against the employer.
The Jones Act lawyer hired by Mr. Rocker’s family discovered several things during the accident investigation. One of these things was the fact that the crab tanks lacked proper high water alarms. These alarms sound when the water level reaches high levels. Since no alarms were present, the crab tanks contained too much water, ultimately leading to the sinking of the vessel. By the time the crewmembers realized the boat was sinking, it was too late to follow safety protocol for abandoning ship. They had no choice but to jump into the water without proper lifesaving equipment. After several negotiation meetings, the Jones Act lawyer for Mr. Rocker’s family negotiated a settlement of $3.4 million for the loss of the seaman.
Seek Compensation for Lost Loved One with a Jones Act Lawyer
Money will never bring a lost seaman back, but it can help with burial expenses and future expenses. If you are the surviving family member of a deceased seaman, contact a Jones Act lawyer for advice. You could have a wrongful death suit on your hands. Your Jones Act lawyer will help you seek compensation for the loss of your beloved family member.