What Happens When You File a Jones Act Lawsuit?

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When you receive an injury that occurred while you were working on a ship offshore you may want to file a Jones Act Lawsuit. Before you file you will want to find a lawyer that has the necessary experience to represent you in your Jones Act case. You may need to call a few lawyers to schedule a free consultation in order to see what they think about your case and to check their experience in this case. Because the Jones Act has several complications to the lawsuit you will need to find a lawyer who has this experience.

Filing the Lawsuit and Establishing Your Case

When you find the right attorney the first step they will take is to file the Jones Act lawsuit. Once the suit has been filed you or your lawyer will need to collect all the necessary information regarding your Jones Act case. This includes all medical information, not just the medical bills but your doctor reports and therapy reports on your status. You will also need to have a copy of the accident report that was filed regarding your injury. The accident report was also sent to the insurance company which may try to get out of paying you for your injury. You will also need to record or copy any type of communication you have with your company regarding your injury. If possible take some pictures at the time of your accident. This may not always be possible depending on the circumstances and severity of your injury. A picture says a thousand words and if your Jones Act lawsuit goes on to court you will have the proof of the accident scene and proof of the cause of your injury.

Witnesses of the Accident are Important

It’s important to contact all witnesses around you when you were injured. Chances are if you were on a ship there were witnesses that seen your accident happen. You will need the names and contact information from each witness. These workers may be called to appear in your Jones Act lawsuit case so they can tell the judge or jury what they saw.

Keep all medical appointments and make sure you get all the necessary care needed to recover from your injury.

Avoid the Temptation to Settle Your Case Quickly

Once you file a Jones Act lawsuit it is vital that you do not try to settle out of court without the guidance of an experienced lawyer. It is the job of an insurance adjuster or maritime risk manager to settle with you for as low as possible. You do not need to provide any written or recorded statement to anyone. If the company or insurance adjustor requests it you need to consult your lawyer. It is important to not only receive payment for your medical bills but also compensation for your lost wages.

A company will not give up their money without a fight and the company that you have worked so long for will fight you every step of the way if they have to in order to keep their money but if your injury is a result of something on that ship you deserve to be compensated.

More info: For more information about the Jones Act contact Doyle Raizner LLP

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