What should I expect if I file a Jones Act case?

Injured Worker Looking at Information on the Computer After a Maritime InjuryIf you were injured while working at sea, you are likely owed benefits under the Jones Act, Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act, or general maritime law. While some employers may pay for medical benefits and lost wages without much resistance, you should always be prepared for a fight as you move forward.

What Happens After You File a Maritime Injury Case Under the Jones Act

Most maritime employers and their insurance companies will try to pay you as little as possible for your injuries. It is always a good idea to speak with an experienced maritime injury attorney to advise you on your claim and ensure you get what you deserve. Your lawyer can help with the filing of the claim, including determining whether you qualify for Jones Act seaman status or could pursue a negligence claim in addition to collecting benefits.

Once your claim is filed, your attorney can prepare you for what it will be like as your case progresses, including:

  • Ensuring you continue your medical treatment. You should continue your appointments with your chosen doctor, and follow your physician’s recommended treatment plan even if your benefits claim is still pending.
  • Submitting proper documentation. You will need to keep accurate and thorough records, including copies of forms you submit or sign, your medical records, your accident report, correspondence from your employer, pictures from the accident, a list of witnesses, and a diary of your injuries.
  • Fending off insurance representatives. You may be contacted regularly by insurance agents offering you quick settlements or requesting recorded statements. These are solely attempting to gather evidence against you, and should be reported to your attorney immediately.

If you are a maritime worker who has been hurt on the job, our maritime accident attorneys can determine who may be liable for your accident and what you are owed under the law. Call 1-800-3-MAY-DAY today to speak with a maritime injury lawyer at Hofmann & Schweitzer or download your complimentary copy of Are You a Seaman Injured in a Maritime Accident? Know Your Rights.

 

Paul T. Hofmann
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Focused on personal injury, with an emphasis on maritime, railroad and construction worker tort claims.