In our complex society, people get hurt all the time. Sometimes it is no one’s fault or sometimes it could happen through our own fault. In those cases, we are usually left to take care of our own damages. But, if you are injured by someone else’s negligence, it is only fair that they, or their insurance company, should pay your damages.
One of the most common causes of personal injury today, is the motor vehicle wreck. Even a seemingly slight rear end collision can result in long-lasting, and sometimes permanent injury. Don’t make the mistake of settling quickly with the other driver’s insurance company, until you know the full extent of your damages. Insurance adjusters may entice you into a quick settlement to get your car fixed, getting a full release before you know you’ve got an injury that may not surface for weeks later.
Unlike state workers’ compensation laws that give land-based workers limited benefits if they are hurt on the job, the Federal Government has passed special laws protecting seamen if they are injured on the job. One of them, known as the Jones Act, allows a seaman to sue his employer for full damages, if his injury was caused by the employer’s negligence. The definitions of seamen and the vessels on which they work have been left to the courts to decide. For example, hairdressers on cruise ships, drilling roughnecks on jack-up oil rigs, and deck hands on ferry boats have all been found to be seamen.
If you are hurt working on the river, on a boat or an offshore oil rig, you may be a seaman with a right to sue under the Jones Act. You need an experienced maritime lawyer to advise you of your rights.
Henry Dart has a long track record of successfully representing people injured in motor vehicle wrecks and maritime injuries. We help you receive proper medical attention, hire top-notch experts, and put the full force of our law firm toward collecting every dollar of damages you deserve. Your initial consultation is free, and we don’t collect a fee until your claim is settled.