If you were injured on the job while offshore or on a vessel, you may be wondering about your right to seek compensation for medical bills, pain and suffering, and lost wages.
Depending on the type of job you do and your classification as a worker, you may have rights under the Jones Act. If an insurance company or employer tries to deny you these benefits, you may be able to secure compensation through legal action.
Consider hiring a Birmingham offshore injury and Jones Act accident lawyer. The Birmingham attorneys at the Morris Bart law firm represent injured offshore workers and seamen under the Jones Act law.
For a free consultation, call us today at (205) 380-4158.
We operate on a contingency-fee-basis with no up-front costs to you. Our clients only pay us if they secure a settlement or ruling in court.
Injury Cases Under the Jones Act
The Jones Act dates back to a century, when it was known as Section 27 of the Merchant Marine Act of 1920. It is a federal law that regulates commerce on the seas between ports in the United States. The Jones Act also gives sailors certain rights to seek damages related to injuries they may suffer while on the job.
If you are classified as a seaman, you may be eligible for benefits under the Jones Act when you suffer an offshore injury.
If your injury occurred under the following circumstances, you may be able to file a Jones Act case:
- You were injured while working offshore, or aboard a vessel that was docked or in navigation when you were injured.
- You work primarily on one vessel, or on multiple vessels that have the same owner.
- You were aboard the vessel to perform duties pertaining to your job and which were part of the normal functions of the vessel or for a particular mission.
It can be confusing for employees in maritime industries to understand what rights they have under the Jones Act. A Birmingham offshore injury and Jones Act accident lawyer from the Morris Bart law firm can help you navigate Jones Act law and understand what benefits you may be entitled to.
Contact us today at (205) 380-4158 for a free consultation. If you choose representation by our firm, we will handle the deadlines, negotiations, and defense of your rights in your Jones Act case.
For a free legal consultation with a Offshore Injury and Jones Act Accident lawyer serving Birmingham, call 800-537-8185
Compensation Available to Injured Parties
When you have been injured in an offshore accident, you have the right to seek compensation for your damages. The compensation available to you will depend on the specifics of your case.
The cost of treatment to your injuries, both now and in the future, could be covered in your compensation. These costs may include:
- Doctor’s appointments
- Hospital or long-term rehabilitation facility stays
- Physical therapy
- Equipment needed for injury recovery
- Prescription drugs
- At-home nursing care
- And more
Additionally, you may be able to recover damages for your pain and suffering. Think about the ways your life has changed since the injury, and how you may be able to seek damages for the reduction in your quality of life.
Loss of Earnings
You may be eligible to receive compensation for any work time that you missed while receiving treatment for and recovering from your injuries.
Additionally, you can ask for a settlement to cover any earnings you may not receive in the future as you continue to fully recuperate.
If you are unable to return to your previous level of work or need to change professions due to your injury, you may be able to receive damages for reduced earning capacity.
To discuss possible compensation in your accident, contact a Birmingham offshore injury and Jones Act accident lawyer from the legal team at the Morris Bart law firm today. Call us at (205) 380-4158.
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Let Morris Bart & Associates, LLC Defend Your Rights
You may need to prove that your employer or another party behaved in a negligent manner in your Jones Act case, and that this negligence caused your injuries.
A lawyer from the Morris Bart law firm can take up your evidence gathering while you concentrate on your recovery.
The services our lawyers can provide to you include:
- Filing legal paperwork and meeting deadlines.
- Communicating with insurance companies or the court on your behalf.
- Gathering and preserving evidence from your accident that demonstrates the negligence of the responsible parties.
- Interviewing witnesses.
- Investigating the safety measures and training standards of your vessel.
- Hiring maritime safety experts for statements on your incident.
- Gathering medical evidence or medical expert testimony that demonstrates the full extent of your injury costs, including cost of future care and treatment.
- Keeping you informed throughout the process.
If the insurance company is not willing to make a fair and reasonable offer in your Jones Act case, we will not back down from taking your case to court.
The Morris Bart law firm has a team of Birmingham attorneys who are ready to defend your right to compensation when you are unable to work or in pain from your work-related injuries. Call us today at (205) 380-4158 for a free consultation on your case.
There are no up-front costs when you hire the Morris Bart law firm to represent you. Our firm operates on a contingency-fee-basis, meaning you do not pay us unless you receive a settlement or ruling in your favor.
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