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Jones Act Helps Set Level Of Safety, Jones Act Lawyer Shows

A federal Labor Department seaman’s safety representative described the risks of a seaman’s daily life, pointing to statistics showing “seamen have among the most dangerous jobs in America.” To help make the maritime workplace safer, the Jones Act remains one of the most important safety acts in the industry. The labor representative noted there are also other safety standards, often negotiated by employers with employee associations or unions, and sometimes with a Jones Act lawyer, to have even higher safety standards. The labor department spokesman commented that “talking with a Jones Act lawyer is a sort of additional insurance to have those rights protected.”

In a recent case, a Jones Act lawyer tried to introduce agreements about workplace safety. The trial court (incorrectly) refused to let the Jones Act lawyer use the evidence. On appeal, the Jones Act lawyer argued successfully that the trial court should have allowed these two contracts into evidence. The Jones Act lawyer pointed out that they had been signed by vessel owners, and made promises to observe certain safety standards. In this case, noted the Jones Act lawyer, there were actually two separate contracts. One was between vessel owners and the general contractor for the project…which included safety rules for the workers, said the Jones Act lawyer. The other agreement was between vessel owners and the injured seaman’s union (a collective bargaining agreement). That second agreement, proved the Jones Act lawyer, had even more safety requirements. For example, showed the Jones Act lawyer, for vessel owners to comply with safety rules of the State’s Construction Safety Orders about “Runways for Foot Traffic.” These rules were especially important, since the accident in the case was shown by the Jones Act lawyer to have happened on a gangplank:

“a. Except as provided elsewhere, ramps or runways erected for the use of workmen shall be not less than 20 inches in width, and shall be supported so as to avoid deflection or springing action.”

Jones Act Lawyer Explained How Contracts Added Extra Protections For Seamen

The Jones Act lawyer said the parties had a contractual right to specify a higher “standard of care” to be used than that established by the Jones Act. This right to more safety, the Jones Act lawyer was to show, gave certain rights to the injured seaman as a “beneficiary” of the contract. In other words, the seaman was entitled to the protection of the standards in the Jones Act, and also under the contract, the Jones Act lawyer said.

The vessel owners argued that the federal Jones Act was “supreme” over all other safety rules, so that “state safety orders” couldn’t apply. The employer tried to argue (unsuccessfully) that allowing these kinds of private agreements would put a state’s laws too much into the federal Act. That argument, the Jones Act lawyer insisted, “misses the point.” The Jones Act lawyer took the employer’s argument apart, by pointing out that the Jones Act seems to “welcome” higher standards for safety. Vessel owners voluntarily contracted to follow certain additional safety rules. The Jones Act lawyer also suggested the source of the wording in the agreement “was irrelevant.” Besides, these higher safety standards wouldn’t even be from any action of the State, observed the Jones Act lawyer. The higher safety rules came strictly from agreements of the parties, the Jones Act lawyer had proven.

“Better Safety” Is A Good Thing, Argued Jones Act Lawyer

The Jones Act lawyer knew there were no earlier court decisions on this question, so it was an important case. But since the effect of the agreements was to raise or make more definite the standard of care required, public policy, the Jones Act lawyer stressed, would favor the agreements and the admitting them as evidence.

The Jones Act lawyer did point out one similar case, where an injured employee had sued under the Federal Employers Liability Act— an act similar to the Jones Act, mentioned the Jones Act lawyer. The court in that case did consider an agreement between the employee’s union and the employer, where a standard of care had safety rules over and above the federal law. In that case, the court admitted evidence of those safety standards. The appeals court agreed with the Jones Act lawyer, and said the contracts and the negotiated safety standards were relevant to the vessel owner’s liability. As the Jones Act lawyer had asked, these important safety agreements and contracts were then ordered to be received into evidence.

In any case involving an injury, a seaman should get help right away. As this case showed, there’s always a chance that there are also safety rules in addition to the Jones Act. Consulting with a Jones Act lawyer will uncover a seaman’s full rights to all safety standards.

Choose a Jones Act Lawyer with a Successful Record

If you are looking for a Jones Act lawyer, keep a few things in mind. First, make sure you choose an attorney that is experienced. You want a lawyer that has been practicing for several years and has experience with courtroom trials, in case your claim goes to trial. Second, choose an attorney that specializes in the maritime industry. You want a lawyer that has a complete understanding of the Jones Act. Finally, choose a Jones Act lawyer that has a proven success record. Experience does not always equal success. Choose an attorney that has plenty of wins under his or her belt.

Jones Act Lawyer Gets “The Win” for Knee Injury

R. Lee was a deckhand aboard a ferry when he needed an experienced Jones Act lawyer on his side. Mr. Lee performed a variety of tasks while working aboard the ferry. One of the tasks he was assigned to do was to repair the vessel’s roller chocks. At the time of the attempted repair, the vessel was at sea. Mr. Lee was not given any necessary safety equipment to perform the repairs – he was simply told to fix the rollers. The rollers were heavy – almost 140 pounds – and when Mr. Lee tried to lift one he injured his knee. The injury was so severe that he had to undergo three surgeries to repair the damage. Mr. Lee contacted an experienced Jones Act lawyer and a claim was filed.

Mr. Lee’s Jones Act lawyer had no trouble demonstrating the negligence of the employer, as well as the unsafe working environment. Mr. Lee should not have been forced to make the roller repairs while the vessel was at sea. Instead, the repairs should have taken place when the vessel was docked so that Mr. Lee could have had proper equipment, including scaffolding. He was also not provided with any assistance in lifting the heavy rollers. Mr. Lee’s Jones Act lawyer was able to acquire a settlement of over $400,000 for the injured seaman.

Your Jones Act Lawyer Looks out for Your Best Interests

If you have been hurt due to unsafe working conditions aboard a vessel, contact a Jones Act lawyer for advice. Depending on the exact situation, you could be entitled to compensation. Your attorney will file the claim and help get you the best settlement or award for your injuries. Your Jones Act lawyer will always look out for your best interests, not the interests of your employer.

You Never Know When You Will Need a Jones Act Lawyer

As a seaman, you never know when you will need a Jones Act lawyer. When you are hurt on the job, there are many instances where you could be entitled to financial compensation. When an employer is negligent, they have a responsibility to compensate you for injuries incurred due to that negligence. Having an attorney is your best route to getting the money you deserve. If you are ever involved in a maritime accident that leaves you hurt and unable to work, discuss your case with an experienced attorney. Your Jones Act lawyer can help you seek the money you need and deserve.

Jones Act Lawyer Helps Louisiana Deckhand

K. Darren was employed as a deckhand on a tugboat out of Louisiana. Mr. Darren had been working on tugboats for many years – he was an experienced seaman. Yet, he still needed a Jones Act lawyer when he was hurt on the job. Mr. Darren was injured when a crane operator dropped a crane boom on his hand. The impact from the boom severed his thumb from his hand. Mr. Darren contact a Jones Act lawyer for advice and a claim was filed. The claim cited unsafe working conditions and negligence on behalf of the employer.

Mr. Darren’s Jones Act lawyer was easily able to demonstrate the unsafe working conditions and negligence. The employer was negligent because the crane operator had failed to properly operate the crane. The working environment was unsafe because Mr. Darren should not have been expected to work in such close proximity to the moving crane. All of these factors led to the employer being responsible for the accident. Mr. Darren’s Jones Act lawyer was able to negotiate a fair settlement. The final settlement amount was for $2.2 million – compensation for lost wages, medical expenses, and the permanent disability.

A Jones Act Lawyer will Fight for Your Rights

If you, or someone you know, are injured on the job, you need a Jones Act lawyer. Choose the attorney that is not afraid to fight for your rights – the one that has experience with maritime law. You deserve compensation when you are hurt because of your employer’s negligence. Your Jones Act lawyer can help you get the settlement or award that you deserve.

Choose an Experienced Jones Act Attorney

When you are in need of a Jones Act attorney, the number of attorneys available may overwhelm you. It is true that there is no shortage of maritime lawyers. However, just because someone has a law degree does not mean he or she will be successful with your case. When you are choosing a Jones Act attorney, it is important to research the reputation of potential lawyers. You want a lawyer that has a solid track record for winning cases. You want an attorney that has courtroom experience. You want an attorney that is willing to fight for your right to compensation.

Jones Act Attorney Garners Settlement for Frostbite

H. Michael was working aboard a processing vessel when she had a need for a Jones Act attorney. Ms. Michael was working in the freezer hold of the vessel. She began experiencing pain in her feet. Although she repeatedly complained about the pain, she was not given medical attention or moved to a different location. As the pain increased, she was finally given medical attention, only to discover that she had frostbite. The medic aboard the vessel did not send her to shore – instead, she was told to rest. After ten days, she finally got treatment for the frostbite. However, since it had been so long, the frostbite led to gangrene and Ms. Michael had several toes amputated. She hired a Jones Act attorney to help her.

Ms. Michael’s Jones Act attorney filed a claim of negligence. It was clear that Ms. Michael had not received proper medical care. She should have been immediately taken to shore as soon as the frostbite was discovered. Had she received care soon enough, she would not have lost her toes. Ms. Michael’s Jones Act attorney was able to negotiate a settlement rather quickly with her employer. The final settlement amount was for over $1 million.

Exercise Your Rights and Hire a Jones Act Attorney

If you, or someone you know, have been denied proper medical care while working aboard a vessel, call a Jones Act attorney for advice. You could be entitled to compensation if your employer was negligent. Do not be afraid to exercise your right to a lawyer. Let your Jones Act attorney determine if you have a case and help you get fair compensation.

Have a Successful Claim with a Qualified Jones Act Lawyer

Finding a good Jones Act lawyer is paramount to the success of your financial claim. You already know that there are thousands of lawyers waiting for your business. However, only a qualified attorney that specializes in the Jones Act should represent you in court. Take your time in choosing an attorney – but do not take so long that you miss your window of opportunity to file a claim. The best thing you can do for your own peace of mind is to choose a Jones Act lawyer today. Do not wait for an injury to happen or you might find yourself stuck with an inexperienced attorney.

Jones Act Lawyer Helps Injured Processor Seek Compensation

D. Locke was employed as a processor when she had to find a good Jones Act lawyer. Ms. Locke was involved in an injury that left her with a permanent disability. Ms. Locke was assigned the task of cleaning a large piece of machinery. Ms. Locke was told to leave the machinery running while she sprayed it with a hose – this was supposed to save time. Ms. Locke’s jacket sleeve was caught in the machinery. With no emergency shut-off switch, she could do nothing but scream. By the time another worker turned the machinery off, Ms. Locke’s arm had been pulled into the machinery. She lost part of her hand and her forearm. With the help of a Jones Act lawyer, she filed a claim.

The Jones Act lawyer for Ms. Locke filed the claim on the grounds that the environment was not safe and that the employer had been negligent. The negligence was clear – the machinery should have been shut down before cleaning. By telling Ms. Locke to leave the machinery running, the supervisor had made the environment unsafe. Ms. Locke’s Jones Act lawyer and her employer negotiated a settlement. The final amount was for $2.4 million.

Let Your Jones Act Lawyer Help You

If you, or someone you know, have lost a limb due to a maritime accident, contact a Jones Act lawyer for advice. When an employer is negligent, you need a good attorney to help you seek financial justice. Ms. Locke made the right choice when she hired an experienced attorney. Her attorney was able to get her a fair settlement for her injuries. Your Jones Act lawyer can do the same for you.

Rest Assured with a Jones Act Lawyer

With a Jones Act lawyer handling your claim, you can rest assured that you will have the best legal representation possible. These attorneys specialize in the Jones Act – they are educated and skilled in their chosen profession. Your employer has a responsibility to provide compensation if they are negligent – your attorney will help you get that compensation. Even if it means taking your case to trial, your Jones Act lawyer will do whatever it takes to get you a fair settlement or award. If you are injured at sea, contact an attorney for help – it is a decision you will not regret.

Jones Act Lawyer Helps Family of Permanently Disabled Worker

L. Harter was working as a seaman aboard a Louisiana vessel when he had the need for a Jones Act lawyer. Mr. Harter got sick while out at sea. At first, it was assumed that he had the flu. However, Mr. Harter’s condition only got worse and after a few days, he was taken to shore for medical attention. Doctors discovered that he had a ruptured blood vessel on his brain stem. Surgery had to be performed and Mr. Harter was left unable to walk and with permanent brain damage. His family consulted with a Jones Act lawyer about the accident.

The Jones Act lawyer for Mr. Harter’s family filed an immediate claim. The employer was negligent in providing Mr. Harter the medical attention he needed. Had he been sent to shore sooner, the damage may have been less severe. Due to the employer’s neglect, Mr. Harter suffered irreparable damage to his brain. The employer did not attempt to fight this claim in court. Instead, a settlement was reached in the amount of almost $8 million. The money not only paid for current medical expenses, it also paid for the ongoing care of Mr. Harter, as well as his family.

Serious Injuries Require a Jones Act Lawyer

When an injury is severe, a Jones Act lawyer is always needed. If you, or someone you know, have suffered a debilitating injury as a seaman, contact an attorney as soon as possible. You could be entitled to compensation and your Jones Act lawyer can help you get the money you deserve.

 

Have a Jones Act Lawyer Ready

As a seaman, you should have a Jones Act lawyer ready to give you legal advice. Maritime accidents happen often and you need to have a plan of action. Your plan of action should include contacting an attorney. Your attorney will advise you on whether you have a valid claim against your employer. Your attorney can also handle all of the legal paperwork, including filing the claim and representing you in court. With a qualified and experienced Jones Act lawyer in your arsenal, your employer will know that you are serious about seeking compensation for your injuries.

Texas Deckhand Seeks Help from Jones Act Lawyer

Slippery surfaces can lead to falls and falls can lead to a Jones Act lawyer. D. David was employed as a deckhand aboard a Texas barge when he became the victim of a slippery surface. Mr. David was traversing the deck of the barge when he slipped on a wet portion and fell. The fall left him with a minor back injury and a fractured arm. Mr. David contacted a Jones Act lawyer as soon as possible and a claim was filed. The claim cited an unsafe working environment as the cause of his accident.

Mr. David’s Jones Act lawyer demonstrated the unsafe working environment by proving that the area of the deck was not covered with non-slip surfacing. Standard safety regulations call for this kind of surfacing. Mr. David’s employer was clearly negligent by not ensuring that the deck was safe for employees. An employer has an obligation to provide a safe working area and Mr. David’s employer had failed to do that. After several negotiation meetings, Mr. David’s Jones Act lawyer was able to garner him a fair settlement. The final settlement was for $775,000 – compensation for lost wages and medical expenses.

Let an Experienced Jones Act Lawyer Help You

If you have been injured from a slip and fall, discuss your case with a Jones Act lawyer. You could be entitled to compensation for lost wages, medical expenses and future lost wages. Only an experienced attorney will be able to help you get the money you deserve. Do not trust your financial future to anyone but the best – contact a Jones Act lawyer today.

Find Your Jones Act Attorney Now

There are several reasons why you might need a Jones Act attorney. If you are injured on the job, a lawyer can help you file a claim for compensation. Another reason why you might need a Jones Act attorney is simply for some legal advice before you make a decision about filing a claim. Knowing what lawyer you plan on contacting is always a good idea. Maritime accidents can be stressful and having your lawyer lined up means one less thing for you or your loved ones to deal with. Be prepared and find your lawyer now.

Worker Takes a Tumble and Calls a Jones Act Attorney

D. Lawson, an offshore worker out of Texas, had his Jones Act attorney ready and waiting. When Mr. Lawson was injured on the job, his lawyer was ready to help. Mr. Lawson was working on an offshore rig at the time of his injury. He took a tumble from an upper area of the rig to a lower area. The brunt of the fall was on his left leg. While it was not a terribly long way to fall, the leg injury was still painful. After several days of enduring pain, Mr. Lawson found out he had damaged the nerves in his leg. There was no way to fix the damage and he was left with a permanent disability. His Jones Act attorney filed an immediate claim.

The claim stated that the environment was unsafe. According to Mr. Lawson, he fell because he tripped over some items that had been carelessly left out by another worker. After much discussion and negotiation, Mr. Lawson’s Jones Act attorney and his employer were finally able to reach an agreement. The final settlement was for $1.9 million. The money covered his medical expenses, lost wages and future lost wages – since the injury was permanent, Mr. Lawson was unable to return to his rig position.

An Offshore Accident Needs a Jones Act Attorney

If you, or someone you know, have been hurt in an offshore accident, contact a Jones Act attorney for legal advice. Depending on the circumstances of your accident, you could be entitled to financial compensation. Only with an experienced Jones Act attorney will you get the best settlement or award.

Have a Jones Act Lawyer in Your Corner

When you are employed as a seaman, at some point in your career, you could need a Jones Act lawyer. Job-related injuries happen frequently in the maritime industry. Having a good attorney in your speed dial is one of the best ways to prepare for the unexpected. While you may decide not to file a claim against your employer, if a claim is needed, then an attorney is a must. Even the best employers may attempt some shady tactics when it comes to money. With the right Jones Act lawyer on your side and in your corner, your employer will not be able to take advantage of you.

Deckhand Gets Help from Jones Act Lawyer after Back Injury

M. Hamel, a Texas deckhand, knows why having a Jones Act lawyer is a must. Mr. Hamel was working on a barge when he suffered a debilitating injury. Mr. Hamel was ordered to lift an anchor on the day of the accident. Although this was a normal task for him to perform, at the time, the barge was under tow. Mr. Hamel tried to point out this fact to his captain – but his concerns were ignored. When Mr. Hamel attempted to lift the anchor, the strain against the anchor was too much and he injured his back. With a Jones Act lawyer helping him, a claim was filed against his employer.

Mr. Hamel’s Jones Act lawyer had no trouble demonstrating negligence. The captain should have known that lifting the anchor while the barge was under tow was the wrong thing to do. Mr. Hamel had no choice but to attempt the task because he feared that he would lose his job if he did not do it. The result – a back injury that removed Mr. Hamel from the maritime industry. The employer avoided a trial by negotiating a settlement with Mr. Hamel’s Jones Act lawyer. The final amount was for $1.3 million.

Take the First Step and Contact a Jones Act Lawyer Today

If you, or someone you know, have been hurt aboard a vessel, contact a Jones Act lawyer for help. You could be entitled to compensation and your attorney can help you get it. You will never know unless you try – what do you have to lose by contacting a Jones Act lawyer for advice? Take the first step towards financial justice and schedule a consultation now.

Let Your Jones Act Lawyer Argue for Your Right to Compensation

When you need a Jones Act lawyer, you need experience and skill. Your Jones Act lawyer is your voice in the courtroom – someone to argue for your right to compensation. After an injury, your employer might try to convince you to settle without an attorney present. This is a mistake and one that you should avoid. Never sign any papers or make any agreements without consulting with a Jones Act lawyer first. This is your future at stake – you need the best attorney you can get to fight for your rights and get you the money you deserve for your injuries.

Jones Act Lawyer Helps Louisiana Seaman with Multiple Injuries

H. Tillman, a Louisiana seaman, was recently involved in a case that required the help of a Jones Act lawyer. Mr. Tillman was working aboard a vessel as a deckhand. Given the task of retrieving a line, Mr. Tillman wasted no time in trying to complete his job. However, the seas were quite rough on this day and as Mr. Tillman struggled with the heavy, wet line, he lost his balance. He fell overboard into the rough seas. After about ten minutes in the water, Mr. Tillman was rescued. He suffered various injuries from the fall, including a dislocated shoulder and a broken arm. Mr. Tillman contacted a Jones Act lawyer for help with his case.

The Jones Act lawyer filed a claim against the employer. It was a clear case of negligence and an unsafe working environment. Mr. Tillman should not have been retrieving the heavy line alone. He should have had mechanical assistance or, at the very least, another deckhand to help. The employer provided neither of these things and that negligence led to the fall and injuries. Mr. Tillman’s Jones Act lawyer was able to negotiate a settlement of $600,000 for medical expenses and lost wages.

You Have the Right to a Jones Act Lawyer

If you have ever been injured after falling overboard, contact a Jones Act lawyer for advice. You have the right to seek compensation for any work-related injuries. Even if your employer tries to convince you otherwise, always seek the advice of a qualified attorney. Your Jones Act lawyer will help you file your claim and get the money you deserve for your lost wages and medical expenses.