Maritime Injury Claims

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Filing a claim for an injury that occurred aboard a sea or inland waterway vessel brings about some unique laws and statutes that are specific to these types of cases. For this reason, any maritime injury claims, Jones act claims, longshore harbor act claims, need to be handled by an attorney qualified and experienced in these laws.

Jones act vs. Workers Compensation

The first thing that injured persons should be aware of, is that injuries that occurred on a vessel, covered under the Jones act, generally are afforded much larger payouts. Anyone injured aboard ANY kind of sea going vessel should pursue a Jones act claim and not a workers compensation claim.Doing so may jeopardize any later Jones Acts claim.

Jones Act and Negligence

There are some key differences between workers compensation claims and Jones Act injury claims. One of the biggest differences is the establishment of negligence.

The Jones Act provides that a person injured on a sea vessel due to ANY kind of negligence of unseaworthiness is entitled to compensation. It is generally much easier to establish fault in a Jones act case versus other types of injury claims.

Hire a Specialized Lawyer

Due to the specialized nature of maritime claims, and the large potential awards available, it is important to consult with an attorney who has experience with these particular cases. An inexperienced lawyer could potentially cause a loss of award amount, or compensation all together, simply because of inexperience when facing professional maritime defense lawyers hired by insurance companies.

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