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Questions to Ask Lawyers: Your Jones Act Case

The Jones Act, which is also known as the Merchant Marine Act of 1920, is a federal statute created to provide protection for injured offshore workers. It is a critical piece of maritime injury law. If you or someone you know has been hurt during the course of your work, it is crucial that no time is wasted in getting the help you need from a qualified legal professional. At Arnold & Itkin LLP, we understand the Jones Act and related laws, and we can help you fight for the full and fair compensation that you deserve.

Below, we discuss just some of the questions you should ask attorneys about your Jones Act case:

Am I qualified to file a Jones Act claim?

Not everyone is protected by the Jones Act. To qualify under the Jones Act, the individual must qualify as a "seaman" and must have been working in service to a vessel in navigation.

Click here to learn about seamen and whether you qualify under the Jones Act.

What is the "burden of proof" under the Jones Act?

One of the key elements of the Jones Act is a lower "burden of proof" than many personal injury cases. Typically, it must be proved that the defendant's negligence was the main cause of injury to the plaintiff; however, in a Jones Act case, it only needs to be proven that the defendant's negligence played any part in the causing of injuries.

How long do I have to file my claim?

In most cases, a seaman has three years from the date of the injury to file a Jones Act lawsuit. It, however, is critical that no time is wasted in contacting a skilled maritime injury lawyer.

Click here if you would like to learn more about how long you have to file a claim.

What kind of compensation can be recovered under the Jones Act?

There are many different factors that can be taken into consideration regarding compensation. Under the Jones Act, a seaman may qualify to recover compensation for lost income, lost earning capacity, medical expenses, pain and suffering, disability, and more.

Other questions to ask your attorney specifically include:

  • Have you handled maritime injury cases before?
  • How long have you been practicing maritime law?
  • How many similar cases have you handled in the past?
  • Are you experienced as a trial attorney? Have you tried cases to verdict before?
  • Who will be the one who is handling my case?
  • What fee arrangements do you offer?

If you would like to discuss your Jones Act case with our attorneys, we encourage you to contact us as soon as possible. We at Arnold & Itkin have recovered more than $1 billion in verdicts and settlements; we have what it takes to stand up for your rights. Call our maritime lawyers today to learn more!

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