“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
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.
My Second Best Advice
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 Statute of Limitations
The Jones Act Statute of Limitations limits how long an injured or ill seaman has to file a lawsuit to recover for their injuries. "Statute of limitations" refers to the time period which a person can bring a lawsuit for their injuries or a death claim. Generally, Jones Act seaman have a three (3) year statute of limitations period. That is, you have three years from the date of injury/ death in order to bring a lawsuit.
However, if you work on a U.S. government vessel or US chartered vessel, then your case may fall under the Suits in Admiralty Act or Public Vessels Act. Further, there may be a time period in which you have to file a Claim, before you can file a lawsuit. Generally, the statute of limitations for these cases is two years (2); but you may need to file a claim before hand. Thus, the statute of limitations in these cases is actually less than two (2) years.
Bottom line, don't wait until just before the statute of limitations "runs" (i.e. ends) in order to call a lawyer of file a lawsuit.
Don't fall for the old insurance adjuster trick.
In some instances, insurance adjusters will negotiate with you to try and settle your case. They will string you along, without any intention of actually settling your case. All in hopes of having you miss the time to file a lawsuit. Know this, it doesn't matter if you are trying to settle your case or not. You miss the time limit in which to file your lawsuit, then you and your case are done. Don't be that guy (or gal).
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