JANUARY 30, 2012 by Ogletree Abbott
Jones Act Attorneys – Ready to Do Battle for You
Your Jones Act attorneys are ready to do battle in or out of the courtroom. When you file a maritime claim, you need a team that is aggressive because you may have a fight on your hands. Many employers refuse to accept liability for maritime accidents and the claims wind up in court. This is when your Jones Act attorneys will spring into action. They will work hard and fast to secure the settlement or award you deserve. Prepare yourself for battle today and contact your attorney.
Seaman Hits Head Abandoning Ship and Calls Jones Act Attorneys
G. Hanwood was working aboard a Texas vessel when he hired a team of battle-ready Jones Act attorneys. Mr. Hanwood was injured when the vessel experienced a major problem – taking on water. The amount of water was so high that the captain ordered the crew to abandon the boat. The crew jumped into the water. Mr. Hanwood, trying to escape the boat while securing his safety gear, ended up hitting his head on the side of the boat on the way down. He was knocked unconscious and had to be rescued by other seamen before he drowned. The head injury left him with permanent vision problems, along with severe headaches. He hired experienced Jones Act attorneys to help him.
Mr. Hanwood’s Jones Act attorneys cited an unseaworthy vessel as the root of the accident. A close examination of the vessel’s maintenance records revealed several repairs that were neglected. These repairs would have prevented the boat from taking on water. The employer refused to settle the claim, arguing that it was Mr. Hanwood’s fault that he struck his head. The case went to trial and the Jones Act attorneys were successful. The jury awarded the injured seaman $2.45 million.
Do Not be Left with Nothing – Call Your Jones Act Attorneys Now
If you, or someone you know, have been injured while abandoning ship, you need the advice of qualified Jones Act attorneys. Your lawyers know how to get you the compensation you deserve. Without them, you could be left with nothing. Call your Jones Act attorneys for help today.