DECEMBER 31, 2011 by Ogletree Abbott
Experience is a Must When Choosing a Jones Act Lawyer
As you search for your Jones Act lawyer, remember that experience is a must. You may be tempted to hire an attorney that is new to the field and comes with a cheaper price tag. For maritime claims, you really need to pay more attention to an attorney’s success rate and experience, rather than their rates. Rates will not matter if your attorney cannot win your case. You need a Jones Act lawyer that has experience and a good reputation in the maritime law area. This is your financial future you are dealing with – you deserve the best attorney and the best results.
Leg Crushed Between Barge and Wall, Jones Act Lawyer Called
E. White was employed aboard a barge when he hired a Jones Act lawyer to get him the best results. Mr. White was severely injured when he was climbing a ladder on a lock wall. The barge got too close to him and his leg was crushed between the barge and the lock wall. The entire leg had to be amputated, leaving Mr. White unable to return to work in the maritime industry. Mr. White got in touch with an experienced Jones Act lawyer for help. A claim was filed against his employer for negligence.
Mr. White’s Jones Act lawyer had no trouble demonstrating the negligence. Mr. White was ordered to climb the ladder when the barge was nearby. The communications between the barge operator and the workers was lacking. The operator had no idea that Mr. White was even in the vicinity of the lock wall, leading to the crushing accident. Mr. White’s Jones Act lawyer negotiated a fair settlement for his client in the amount of $3.7 million for lost wages, as well as future lost wages because Mr. White was unable to return to work.
Do Not Suffer – Call a Jones Act Lawyer
If you have been injured in an accident due to lack of communication, you need to consult with an experienced Jones Act lawyer. Your attorney will help you decide if you have a valid claim for compensation. You do not have to suffer with your lost wages and expenses. You can make a call to a Jones Act lawyer and start the compensation process today.