Over the last few months, we’ve seen the drastic effects that a winter storm can have on land. The same bad weather that causes multi-vehicle traffic accidents in cities also affects vessels at sea. In fact, weather systems are often more severe over the water.
It’s not unusual for a maritime employer to require seamen to work during bad weather. Sometimes, there are no other options. But no job is important enough to risk injury to a crewmember.
As a maritime worker in California's waters, you have a right to a safe work environment. This means that your employer should consider the weather and take any necessary steps to protect your safety. Your employer may be found responsible if you are injured because your employer did not take appropriate precautions during bad weather.
While you may be eligible to file a Jones Act injury claim, it can be hard to prove that your employer’s negligence caused your injury. This is especially true if it is your word against his. You will need the help of an experienced maritime attorney. The attorney will be able to collect evidence, including weather reports, data logs, and testimony from fellow crewmembers, to support your claim. But there is a time limitation.
Were you injured while working in winter weather or stormy conditions? Don’t wait to talk to an experienced Jones Act attorney, or you may forfeit your claim.
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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.
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