How to Wreck Your Jones Act Case

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If you have been injured you may or may not receive compensation for your time lost at work. You may not always receive payments for your medical expenses associated with your injury. There are several mistakes that a person can make after their injury. Here are some ways that you can wreck your Jones Act case.

1. Hiring an Inexperienced Attorney

Hiring a lawyer that is not experienced in handling Jones Act cases can really hurt your chances of receiving any benefits. If you hire a lawyer that represents you in the wrong way it can hurt your benefits now and in the future. It’s important to hire a lawyer that can show that they have represented clients in Jones Act Cases, and lawyers that can also show their outcomes in other Jones Act cases.

A lot of people recommend lawyers when you talk about filing a claim. Unfortunately the most commonly used lawyers are ones that represent common cases. The Jones Act takes a lot of studying and learning in order to win. If your lawyer has never handled this case it may affect how much your case will win. You may be restricted on medical care and compensation of wages.

2. Not Reporting an Injury Soon Enough

Not reporting an injury as soon as it happens can wreck your Jones Act Case. If you were injured but you still continue to finish out your hitch before reporting it to your supervisor or to the company you may not receive as much money as you should have. Sometimes the longer you work with the injury the worse it hurts.  By the time your shift is over you may be in a lot of pain and you may have made the injury even worse. This can play an important role in how much you receive or if you receive anything. Your medical bills may be higher due to the increased aggravation on the injury.

3. Signing Paperwork After Your Injury

Signing papers as soon as your injury occurs may be a mistake. If your employer asks you to sign a statement, other than an accident report, or paperwork, don’t. Other than an accident report, you should never have to sign papers regarding your injury on the job immediately. What you need to do is contact a lawyer that specializes in Maritime injury cases before you sign anything. You may wreck your Jones Act case if you sign anything without the guidance of an attorney.

You need to do your research before you call a lawyer. In some cases you can find a lawyer who specializes in the Jones Act by searching online. The lawyer should have an online website that will direct you on how to handle your case.

A lot depends on where you are located and the extent of your injuries. If you are at sea when the injury happens you may not receive emergency medical treatment until you get back to land. While recovering from your injury you need a check coming in to help support your bills. You also need to make sure that your medical bills are all paid for because you didn’t ask to be injured.

A lawyer that has experience in Maritime cases will know where to begin and how to get your benefits to you as quickly as possible.

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