JANUARY 30, 2012 by Ogletree Abbott
The Best Thing to do is Contact a Jones Act Attorney
One of the best things you can do in the case of a maritime accident is to contact a Jones Act attorney. Not only knowledgeable in maritime law, a Jones Act attorney will cover all aspects of your case with you. He or she will help you understand what your rights are and what you will need to do to have a successful case. Whether or not your employer is cooperating with your case, it is always good to have a Jones Act attorney on your side.
Jones Act Attorney Successfully Proves Worker was a Seaman
L. Pattman was working on barge when he was instructed to load a crane onto the vessel and bring it back to a cement plant. Mr. Pattman successfully loaded the crane onto his barge and sailed the barge to a point in the river where the crane could safely be driven off the vessel and delivered to the cement plant. The owner of the company proceeded to drive the crane off the barge. Mr. Pattman helped the owner line up the crane tracks to keep the crane safe. Unfortunately, the company owner did not know how to operate a crane and depressed the pedal that let the bucket of the crane swing free. The bucket, weighing two tons, landed on Mr. Pattman’s arm, which resulted in the amputation of his forearm.
Mr. Pattman’s employer tried to fight the claim, stating the case should be covered by workmen’s compensation since the accident occurred at the cement plant. Luckily, Mr. Pattman had hired a reputable Jones Act attorney who was able to help him file his case. In Mr. Pattman’s case, the Jones Act attorney was able to prove that Mr. Pattman was a seaman and was performing work related to his position. Mr. Pattman and the insurance company were able to reach a settlement of $1.5 million.
Call a Jones Act Attorney after Any Maritime Injury
If you have suffered an injury from a maritime accident because of being forced to do a job outside of your job description, contact a Jones Act attorney today. Whether or not your injuries are as serious as an amputated arm, you are entitled to compensation. A Jones Act attorney will tell you what your case is worth and how to go about filing it properly. Contact a reputable Jones Act attorney to get started today.