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Being injured on the job is especially upsetting as it not only takes you out of work and impacts your earning ability, but it can also negatively influence the way in which you are able to live your life in the future. Obtaining compensation for your injuries requires that you collect evidence, draft a claim, and successfully negotiate your claim with an insurance company that has a goal of reducing or denying your claim however possible. To determine what laws might apply to your case and for support throughout every step of the process, connect with a maritime lawyer at Brais Law Firm. 

The Jones Act Protects Seamen Who Are Injured on the Job

People who qualify as “seaman” under the Jones Act are provided with coverage when they are injured on the job while working in covered positions in the maritime industry. The Jones Act established a number of protections for individuals who are working in the maritime industry in the United States, including many individuals engaged in shipping. People who are engaged in work on vessels or the loading and unloading of vessels are generally considered “seamen” under the Jones Act. 

If you are a worker covered under the Jones Act and you are injured due to your employer’s negligence, you are entitled to: 

  • Medical costs 
  • Compensation for lost earnings 
  • In some instances, vocational retraining  

Knowing what factors apply to your unique injury and the accident or incident that caused it can be difficult, especially when you are trying to recover. An experienced maritime lawyer will take over the case for you and handle everything from start-to-finish. Your initial consultation is risk-free and cost-free, and we’ll collect some basic information to determine if we are able to help with your case. At that time, we’ll explain what options may be available, which includes a discussion of our fees and taking the case on contingency. Attorneys who take cases on contingency typically only get paid if they win your case, so connect now for your free intake consultation to see if we can help. 

Discuss Your Injury with a Maritime Injury Lawyer 

To determine if you have a case, it is necessary to consider which laws or statutes might apply to your injury. When the Jones Act applies, you have a statutory right to file a claim for the damages discussed above. Working on vessels and in offshore operations like loading and unloading can be especially dangerous, and the resulting injuries are often very costly. To ensure that you receive complete compensation so that you and your family are not left covering the bills, it is helpful to engage the assistance of an experienced lawyer. 

Connect with Brais Law Firm by calling 1-800-499-0551, or visit our website to book your initial free consultation.

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