“When I seek out professional advice, I don’t want B.S. I want it straight up, with no double talk. I figure do also. I always use plain English, with no sugarcoating no B.S lawyer talk, and no double talk- just old fashioned, unsweetened, unvarnished truth-just the way that I would want it.” -Bill Turley
The First Thing
When handling your Jones Act Case, you must always tell the truth. Nothing is more important then your credibility. If a judge assumes you are being dishonest, your case will be thrown out and you will be left with nothing. I have seen it happen to many people.
The Next Step
Take the proper steps now, and do your research. Order my free book, Win your Injury Case: The Ultimate No B.S. Guide To Avoiding Insurance Company Tricks That Ruin Your Case [even before you hire a lawyer].
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Jones Act Disability
You may be aware that injured Jones Act seamen can collect a portion of their wages and reimbursement for their medical expenses after an injury. But what you may not know is that workers who are unable to earn a living after an accident at sea can also collect disability payments from a variety of different sources.
In California, injured Jones Act seamen are eligible for the following types of disability payments:
- Temporary disability. Your treating physician will examine you to determine if you are unable to work after an injury. If you cannot work, your employer must pay you temporary total disability payments, or 2/3 of your average weekly wage. Your employer is also liable for any injury-related medical expenses.
- Permanent partial disability. If your injury has caused permanent consequences that will affect your ability to earn a living, your employer must pay for the costs of permanent partial disabilities that have resulted from your accident.
- Social Security disability. Workers who are disabled for more than one year and are significantly prohibited from earning a living are eligible to apply for Social Security disability.
- State disability. Workers in California who cannot perform their regular jobs due to a work injury may be eligible for State disability benefits. Residents who are collecting workers’ compensation cannot receive state disability benefits, but Jones Act workers whose cases have been settled are still eligible.
You should be aware that employers will be collecting evidence against injured workers in order to reduce or terminate disability payments. For example, companies may hire private investigators to videotape injured workers who are doing physical activities (such as participating in sports or taking vacations) to use as evidence against the employee.
My Disability Payments Are Not Enough to Cover My Jones Act Injury. Can I Sue?
Under the Jones Act, seamen are only allowed to sue their employers if the ship owner or company was negligent in providing a safe work environment. If the employer is found liable for negligence, injured seamen can recover damages for medical bills as well as pain and suffering.
If you have been injured on a fishing boat, tugboat, barge, or other vessel, you may be eligible to receive compensation through the Jones Act. For more information on your seaman benefits, click the links on this page or search our website to learn about the different types of compensation you may be owed.
Disclaimer: Please understand these discussions and/or examples are not legal advice. All legal situations are different. This testimonial, endorsement and/or discussion does not constitute a guarantee, warranty, or prediction regarding the outcome of your legal matter, your particular case/ situation and/or this particular case/ situation. Thanks, Bill Turley