JANUARY 31, 2012 by Ogletree Abbott
Get the Most from Your Claim with a Jones Act Lawyer
A Jones Act lawyer is the best way to get the most from your maritime accident claim. Filing a claim can be overwhelming, which is why an attorney can help you navigate the system and properly file a claim. With the experience of various maritime accident claims, your Jones Act lawyer will know exactly what your accident is worth and if it will be successful in court.
Deckhand Paralyzed by Crane Contacts Jones Act Lawyer
S. Wiston was working aboard a vessel as a deckhand in St. Louis when he was seriously injured. A crane that was moving a barge cover was directly over Mr. Wiston when the crane failed. The barge cover fell directly on top of Mr. Wiston, who was immediately taken to the hospital. Mr. Wiston required several extensive surgeries and, even after treatment, he was permanently paralyzed from the waist down as a result of this maritime accident. Mr. Wiston’s family immediately contacted a Jones Act lawyer to handle his case.
The Jones Act lawyer filed a case on behalf of Mr. Wiston. The lawyer cited that Mr. Wiston’s paralysis was a result of the faulty crane that was used to move the barge cover. The crane was not properly inspected before use. The Jones Act lawyer was able to prove that if the crane had been properly inspected before using it to move the barge cover, Mr. Wiston’s injury could have been prevented. Instead, Mr. Wiston was left unable to walk and unable to return to work on a vessel ever again. He was awarded $7.5 million.
All Paralysis Claims Need a Jones Act Lawyer
If you work aboard a vessel and you have suffered an injury or paralysis, you should contact a Jones Act lawyer right away. A Jones Act lawyer can evaluate your case to determine if you are entitled to compensation as a result of your injury. Do not take your case into your own hands; let an experienced Jones Act lawyer help you today.