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Taking These Steps Immediately After a Charter Boat Accident Could Save Your Jones Act Claim

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Jones Act Attorney Injured Seaman Lawyer

My Best Advice

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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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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Steps Toward Success 

Few things are worse than trying to figure out how your medical bills are going to be paid after a serious charter boat accident. If you were hurt while working on the vessel, that can be even more difficult. Luckily, there is a good chance that you would be protected under the Jones Act of 1920, a law that provides seaman with compensation in the event of a maritime accident.

But in order for the claim to be successful, there are certain steps that must be taken in the days, weeks and months following an accident. That is why the San Diego Jones Act attorneys at the Turley & Mara Law Firm, APLC compiled a list of the most important steps to take, and used the example of an injured charter boat captain to illustrate the situation.

Suppose the charter boat captain’s boat collides with another in the water and he strikes his head against the side rail before being thrown overboard. The Coast Guard rescues him in time and he is life-flighted to the nearest hospital. Here is what should be done in order to preserve his Jones Act claim:

  1. You should seek immediate medical attention and follow-up care. Clearly, in this situation, he is given medical attention without even asking for it, but after being discharged from the hospital, he should follow-up with his primary care physician in order to document the treatment.
     
  2. Your attorney should get witness statements to piece together what caused the accident.
     
  3. Coast Guard accident reports should be gathered along with any other reports or recordings that may have been made during the accident.
     
  4. Fair maintenance rates must be established. It is important not to accept the maintenance rate being offered by the insurance company, without a maintenance analysis. This is such an important step, to make sure you and your family are taken care of while you are recovering from your injuries.
     
  5. Medical records and their corresponding bills should be ordered from any and all medical providers.
     
  6. Wage records must be obtained so that lost wages can be calculated by taking the hourly or daily wage earned and multiplying it by the number of hours or days the captain was unable to work due to the accident.
     
  7. An experienced charter boat lawyer should be hired to ensure that the Jones Act claim is filed correctly and within the required time limits, i.e., statute of limitations.

Want to learn other steps that can preserve your Jones Act claim? Contact us at 619-234-2833.

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

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