An offshore injury happens away from land. If you get injured while out at sea, the Jones Act allows you to pursue financial compensation for any of your damages. You shouldn’t have to pay out of pocket for injuries that weren’t your fault to begin with.
Figuring out how much your offshore injury case is worth can be pretty tricky. To do so, you’ll need a firm understanding of maritime law and strong evidence that can back the damages you sustained. Our lawyers explain this process and how much your case can be worth.
What Is the Average Settlement Amount for Offshore Injury Cases?
Generally, you can expect several thousands of dollars in compensation for your case. But, remember, the average doesn’t really help you because every offshore injury case varies in value. Some cases can win more, and some win less. It all depends on the circumstances of your case and other contextual facts surrounding it.
The only way to honestly know how much your offshore injuries are worth is by consulting with an experienced attorney. They will calculate your damages accurately and help you pursue a fair settlement.
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How Can a Lawyer Help Me Calculate My Settlement?
When it comes to figuring out how much your settlement is worth, you need to examine your damages. The offshore injury lawyers at Morris Bart can help you calculate your settlement value by not only examining the numbers but taking into account just how much your injuries have affected your life.
We use a holistic approach to figure out how much your settlement is worth. Our goal is to ensure that the compensation you receive will not only cover your damages but ensure that you have the means to make a full recovery from what happened.
What Kind of Damages Are Associated With Offshore Injuries?
Being out at sea is dangerous. There are lots of things a seaman needs to account for while on a boat or rig. In addition, if you get hurt, you can end up sustaining several damages that can quickly become a large economic burden.
The biggest expense that affects the value of your offshore injury case is going to be your medical expenses. Unfortunately, medical expenses aren’t cheap, and even if you have good health insurance, there’s no guarantee that all of your bills will get covered.
Even simple medical procedures can cost a small fortune. Now, imagine if you get seriously hurt offshore. You could end up with medical debt that cripples you financially. Instead, you should factor in how much your medical expenses are to the settlement amount you want.
In addition to medical expenses, your offshore injuries can leave you unable to work. If you can’t work, you won’t get paid, and this can cause a host of financial problems. However, by law, you can recover financial compensation for any of your lost wages.
Your injuries can also prevent you from working permanently. Serious injuries can leave you disabled or unable to perform the duties you used to. In this instance, we will factor in lost earning potential as a part of your settlement.
Pain and Suffering
Physical pain and suffering shouldn’t get undervalued. A lot of employers and insurance companies love to downplay how much your injuries have affected you. Just because you get medical treatment doesn’t mean your suffering ends. Our lawyers will ensure that your pain and suffering gets accounted for.
Mental anguish is also a part of pain and suffering. Therefore, if you have emotional trauma or psychological issues after your injury, you can also recover compensation for that in your settlement.
Is Retaining a Lawyer Really Worth It?
While a lawyer does take a portion of your settlement after it’s won, that’s more akin to an investment as opposed to a cost. The at-fault party responsible for your injuries isn’t going to pay you the full amount you rightfully deserve. Hiring a lawyer to calculate your damages and fight on your behalf is the best way to get properly compensated.
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U.S. Code Title 46 § 30106 under the Jones Act only gives you three years to file your claim. So don’t waste any time getting started. Begin calculating your settlement’s worth and gathering evidence right after getting medical treatment. If you need help with your case, the offshore injury attorneys at Morris Bart are here to help. Contact us today to learn more.
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