How Does a Jones Act Lawyer Help You?
A Jones Act lawyer helps injured seamen to get compensation for medical expenses, income loss, pain and suffering and emotional distress for injuries arising out of or in connection with employment on an ocean or sea vessel.
The Jones Act is a federal act that applies to provide broad coverage for maritime employees as well as for others engaged in employment on vessels in navigable waters of the United States. The coverage provided is, in some ways, comprehensive. In other ways, however, there are significant limitations on who may successfully recover under these types of claims. A qualified Jones Act lawyer helps you to overcome challenges associated with making a claim.
How A Jones Act Lawyer Overcomes Challenges
A Jones Act lawyer can assist clients in overcoming these and other challenges inherent in bringing a claim. For instance, a few of the various things a Jones Act lawyer can help clients with include:
- Helping clients to determine whether to make a case under the Jones Act or under the Longshore Act.
In most cases, making claims under the Jones Act can afford an individual with a right to a larger award of damages or a larger settlement. This means that claims are often the preferred option for those who are covered. Unfortunately, if you have already begun making claims under the Longshore Act, you may sometimes lose your right to make a Jones Act claim. Your Jones Act lawyer can help you to avoid this by assessing if you are covered. If you have already begun a Longshore Act claim, your lawyer may also be able to help you get that claim switched.
- Helping clients to comply with all procedural rules.
This includes making sure clients file their claim within the three-year statute of limitations for Jones Act cases.
- Helping clients to gather evidence.
To make a successful claim, it is necessary to prove that an employer was negligent. Your lawyer will help you gather the evidence you need in order to prove this.
Your Jones Act lawyer will be your advocate and lend his expert knowledge to your case every step of the way.
Let Us Help You
No matter where you live, the lawyers and attorneys at the Ogletree Abbott Law Firm can help you get the help you need. If you would like, a lawyer or an attorney can contact you to answer your questions. There is no obligation and the initial phone call is always free of charge. Call toll free 1 800 Jones Act (1-800-566-3722). You may send us an email. Call today and let us help you answer any questions you have about reporting injuries to your employer