DECEMBER 31, 2011 by Ogletree Abbott
Take Control of Your Finances with a Jones Act Attorney
Unless you are a licensed Jones Act attorney, chances are that you do not have a full understanding of maritime law. This is why it is important for you to hire a skilled attorney after a maritime accident. You need someone with the knowledge and experience to get you a fair settlement or award. Your financial future is at stake – you deserve compensation for your injury, lost wages and medical expenses. Do not leave your finances up to the fates. Instead, hire an experienced Jones Act attorney and take control of your finances today.
Lining Accident Leads Worker to Jones Act Attorney
Lines on a boat can be a hazard to crewmembers. Just ask D. Dalton, a Texas seaman who lost his leg to a line accident and contacted a Jones Act attorney. Mr. Dalton lost his leg when his leg became tangled in a mooring line. Unable to extract his leg without help, he began yelling for his coworkers. However, no one heard him until it was too late. The line literally pulled his leg from his body. Mr. Dalton had to be flown off the vessel for emergency treatment and lost his right leg. He called a Jones Act attorney for advice and a claim was filed.
Mr. Dalton’s Jones Act attorney argued an unsafe working environment. Mr. Dalton should not have been working with the lines alone. There should have been at least one other crewmember present to protect against accidents. Had other workers been present, his leg could have been untangled. Mr. Dalton’s employer did not agree with this argument and took the case to trial. After two days in trial, a settlement was offered. Following the advice of his Jones Act attorney, Mr. Dalton accepted the $3.75 million settlement.
You Can Get Your Money with a Jones Act Attorney
When you are hurt in the maritime industry, you need a Jones Act attorney. There is simply no way around having a qualified attorney to garner you a fair settlement or award. With an experienced Jones Act attorney, you CAN get the money you deserve for your injuries and lost wages.