My Best Advice
Always tell the truth. Always. Nothing is more important in your case then telling the truth. Your credibility with the judge all depends on your honesty. If a judge believes you are not being truthful, then the Judge will not be on your side. Do not make this mistake.
You have to be brutally honest about everything. It is the best thing you can do in helping you win your Jones Act Case.
I have handled Jones Act Cases since 1987. I have gained a lot of knowledge on these types of cases. My goal is to help injured seamen earn the money they lawfully deserve.
My Second Best Advice
It can happen to you
You are young and strong and earning a living on the water. Whether you are fishing or an AB and go around the world - - you use your strength and labor to survive. Sometimes the only way to drag yourself down the dock is to believe that it won't happen to you. To believe that only other Seaman get seriously injured. You either have to not think about it or think that you are going to be careful and not get hurt.
Trouble is, it did happen. And now you can't go back to sea. You can't earn your living. What if you are never able to go back to sea? What if you are too hurt?
We know the only way you sail away from the dock each time is to believe that it won't happen to you. That it only happens to Seaman that aren't careful and that isn't you. When it does happen to you, you need help. We have been helping seaman just like you get their health back and their life back since the 1980's. We can help you too.
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Seaman From Los Angeles Are Injured Across The World
Seaman that sail on Oceans across the world either call Los Angeles their home or call on LA during their voyages. Generally, if you are injured on a vessel you are a Jones Act Seaman.
The Jones Act
The Jones Act creates benefits for sailors which are very, very powerful. Seaman are entitled to maintenance and cure. Which means your employer must pay you a daily stipend and provide medical care to treat your injuries. In addition, you can also sue for damages if your injuries were caused by Jones Act negligence on the part of the ship's owners or other crew members. Or if the vessel was unseaworthy. These damages include death benefits, in the event that Seaman are killed while in the service of the vessel.
In essence, the Jones Act provides you powerful remedies under maritime law against your employers for injuries arising from negligent acts of the employer or co-workers. Jones Act negligence has a "feather weight causation standard." The vessel is liable for your injuries if it is unseaworthy. No other worker in America has these powerful rights and remedies.
Los Angeles Jones Act Seaman - Checklist
What to do if you are a crew member injured on a vessel?
1. Report the Injury.
2. Try and get information about the vessel's insurance company.
3. Document the vessel condition that caused your injury. Take photographs of the worn-out grip tape, or the steep ladder or broken hand rail. Usually the more photographs from different locations the better.
4. Do not agree to have surgery or other serious treatment performed by doctors in foreign countries. You have the right to be sent to the United States, including Los Angeles to have serious surgeries performed. When in doubt - call us - we can help coordinate your medical care.
5. Do not sign anything.
6. Do not give a recorded statement or give a statement. Even if you are told that they can provide no benefits until you provide one. You have no obligation to do so. It will only be used against you.
A Los Angeles Jones Act Lawyer Working You
If you or someone you love has been injured while working on a vessel, do not wait to protect your right to full compensation. Contact our law office to schedule a free consultation and let us help you protect your rights to full Jones Act Seaman benefits.
When Ends No Longer Meet, We Can Help
Most people, including the majority of our clients, work extremely hard to provide for their families and to ensure their financial well-being. A sudden injury or a progressive, disabling condition can undermine the financial security of an individual or family, making it difficult to make ends meet.
At The Turley & Mara Law Firm, APLC we combine compassion toward our clients with exceptional experience and knowledge to secure the Seaman benefits they need. When life gets challenging, take comfort that we are there to help.
What if I work on vessels, but I don't actually go out to Sea?
You can still be a Jones Act seaman even if you never go out to sea. If you regularly work on a vessel or an identifiable fleet of vessels, then you can still be a Jones Act Seaman and qualify for the powerful Seaman's Rights and Remedies. We regularly prevail in Jones Act cases where the injured worker has never acutally gone out to Sea. If you have questions, fell free to contact us.
RESEARCH YOUR JONES ACT CASE
This website provides information to injured workers and their families. Our goal is to level the playing field between seriously injured workers and Jones Act insurance companies. We expose the tricks, traps, and stunts they use to cheat injured people out of their legal rights. We provide vital information so you can make informed decisions regarding your Jones Act Injury Case.
Our Los Angeles Seaman Injury Attorneys have packed this website with hundreds of pages of free information, which we constantly update. Use our website to research your Jones Act Case, Seaman Injury Case, or Maritime Injury Case. You will see that we have an assortment of informative and relevant articles.
You Can Ask Us A Jones Act or Maritime Legal Question For Free
Many attorneys charge hundreds of dollars for an hour of their time. We don't. We know you can't afford to pay hundreds of dollars to have an attorney answer your questions. This is especially true if you are injured and can't work. Or if you lost a family member in a work accident.
So this is what we offer here: If you have a legal question about the Jones Act, Seaman Injuries or maritime law, and you want our advice - - we will answer the question for free. With no obligation.
Just fill out the contact form and tell us about the problem and we will provide a no cost response.*
* First, although no attorney client relationship is being created by us answering your question; we still consider our communications to be confidential. Meaning, we will not reveal them to any other person or entity. We will not provide your name and/or information to any other person and/or entity. We treat your privacy very seriously.
Second, This Free Legal Advice option does not apply to persons whom already have a lawyer. If you have the right lawyer, then they should be able to answer these questions.
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