What Does a Jones Act Attorney Do?
A Jones Act attorney represents seamen who make a claim for injuries under the protections afforded them in the federal Jones Act law. The Jones Act gives maritime workers the right to collect compensation for injuries caused by the negligence of their employers. It applies to a broad range of individuals, including not only those one would traditionally think of as seamen, but also to those involved in offshore drilling and to anyone engaged in employment of any type aboard an ocean or sea vessel. The job of a Jones Act attorney is to work with individuals who are covered under this Act and who sustain an injury. A Jones Act lawyer helps to make sure that these covered individuals can get compensation for their damages.
The Job of a Jones Act Attorney
Simply saying that a Jones Act attorney helps injured seamen isn’t enough to fully understand what these attorneys do and to appreciate the valuable contribution they can make to the claim of an injured seamen.
Jones Act attorneys will represent clients from start to finish as they make their claim. A qualified attorney will bring knowledge and expertise of the federal act to the table, as well as the knowledge of federal rules of civil procedure needed to make a successful claim. They will have tried claims under the Act before and will have an in depth understanding of the types of evidence needed to help a plaintiff make a successful claim. The attorney will also make sure the potential plaintiff does not inadvertently do anything to jeopardize his or her claim and right to justice.
How a Jones Act Attorney Helps
When considering hiring the right attorney, it is useful to look at some of the specific tasks that they will do for clients in order to best understand why hiring an experienced attorney is so essential. Some of the many examples of things that a Jones Act attorney may do include:
- 1. Helping you to determine if you are covered seamen under the Jones Act.
- 2. Assisting you in determining if you have a case
- 3. Helping you to gather evidence to prove your case, including evidence demonstrating the employer’s negligence.
- 4. Making sure you comply with all procedural requirements, including filing your claim within the three-year statute of limitations that is required for a Jones Act claim.
These are just a few brief examples of the many ways in which an attorney can help. Jones Act lawyers will act as the advocates for injured seamen, helping them navigate through this complicated area of law in order to make sure that they get the full amount of benefits afforded to them. A settlement or damages for a Jones Act claim should include compensation for medical costs, lost income/wages, pain and suffering and emotional/mental distress. This can all add up to a significant amount of money and a Jones Act attorney will make sure you get all that you deserve.
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.