Finding the right lawyer to handle your Jones Act injury claim can be a difficult task – to put it mildly. Unless you know exactly what to look for in a Jones Act lawyer, you might not be able to differentiate between a lawyer who merely claims that they can handle your case and a lawyer who is actually capable of handling your case and getting the best results possible.
In this post, we take a look at three key factors you should consider before hiring a Jones Act lawyer.
Experience in Handling Jones Act Injury Claims
This is the fist and perhaps the most important factor you should consider while hiring a lawyer to handle your Jones Act injury claim. It’s fundamental for the lawyer to have a deep understanding of the Jones Act – which is central to your claim – as well as other related maritime laws, so that they can determine whether you are eligible to receive compensation under the Jones Act and the amount of compensation you can seek from your employer.
Also, only an accomplished Jones Act lawyer can find the loopholes that your employer might use to wiggle their way out of paying you and prepare the necessary counterarguments to strengthen your claim against them.
Trial experience is what separates great lawyers from the good ones. If you are represented by a lawyer who lacks trial experience, your employer might try to persuade you or force you to accept a low settlement offer, as they know that your lawyer will not let the case go to trial.
If, on the other hand, you are represented by a Jones Act lawyer who has several years of litigation experience, you will be able to negotiate with your employer from a position of strength – as you know that your lawyer can afford to take your case to trial if needed and can recover the compensation you deserve.
Ability to Recover Substantial Compensation
The Jones Act allows you to recover compensatory damages for all the tangible and intangible losses you incurred in the accident. If you have suffered serious injuries or if you have developed a physical or cognitive disability as a result of the accident, you can seek compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, loss of earning capacity, pain and suffering, and disfigurement (if applicable).
This is why it’s best to hire a Jones Act lawyer who has a track record of recovering substantial settlements and awards for their clients. It should be noted that the Jones Act is a fault based law, which means your attorney should not only be able to prove your employer’s negligence, but also prove the extent of your injuries and other losses in order to recover the restitution you deserve.
Need a Resourceful Jones Act Lawyer to Represent You?
If you are in need of a trusted and capable lawyer to handle your Jones Act injury claim, call Trial Power today. A joint effort of Dana Kirk and Denman Heard – two of the most successful and award-winning civil litigators in the country with over five decades of trial experience – Trial Power has the resources to handle a wide range of Jones Act injury claims.
Contact Trial Power today for a free and confidential review of your case.