“It's discouraging to think how many people are shocked by honesty and how few by deceit.” -- Noël Coward
My Best Advice
Many times I have witnessed Jones Act Cases Be thrown out before it has even started. Why? Because the claimant was not honest or not truthful. And a lot of times, those people do not understand why their case was dismissed.
I have to be frank here. You have to be honest on everything about your case. You need to make sure that all the good and bad facts are brought to the table from the beginning. If you do not, then you will lose. Sometimes the truth hurts, but remember it is the truth that sets you free.
If you want to win your Jones Act Case, you need to make sure to take the proper steps. I have been handling Jones Act Cases since the 1980's. I have seen and learned a lot.
My Second Best Advice
I promise you this book is full of helpful and useful information that will help you succeed in your Jones Act Case.
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The Jones Act Covers Burn Injuries, Scarring, and Disfigurement
Burns are complicated and potentially life-threatening injuries, and require more complex treatment than other types of injuries. On average, a burn victim will spend 24 days in the hospital following an injury, and suffer rehabilitation periods seven times longer than his hospital stay. In addition, burn injury victims are more likely to suffer complications during healing, such as infections and heart problems.
Here are just a few ways on explosions and fires can break out on ocean vessels:
- Faulty electrical wiring that has been corroded by seawater
- Broken pressure gauges
- Leaking or broken steam valves
- Ill-fitted pipes
- Chemical exposure to a person’s hands, face, feet, or lungs
- Sudden ignition from welding torches or other metal working tools
- Improper storage of combustible cargo or fuel
- Unvented build-up of combustible gases
- Hot work performed in confined or cramped spaces
Even after burn injury victims are released from the hospital, they often are not “good as new” when they are released. Many suffer facial disfigurement as a result of surgery or scarring, some will experience lost range of motion in their hands or fingers, and others will suffer flashbacks, insomnia, or other emotional trauma due to the violent nature of the accident.
Getting to the bottom of it all
The truth is that nearly all shipboard fires and explosions occurs as a result of negligence. Employers may fail to train employees on proper handling techniques, fail to issue proper protective clothing, or neglect to provide safe escape routes in case of disasters, any one of which could put a worker at unnecessary risk of injury or death.
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