Maritime Injury

Maritime accidents can cause severe injury, and you need legal protection. The Jones Act provides you lawful rights to be compensated for your injuries when you are hurt in a maritime accident. You have a right to medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and punitive damages under the act. The lawyers at Kalfayan Merjanian can help you file a maritime claim and get you the compensation you deserve for your injuries.

Legal Help for Your Maritime Injury

The Seaman’s Right to Compensation

As a seaman, your job comes with plenty of hazards and the potential for an accident to occur. You do have rights that protect you when you are injured in a maritime accident, and the lawyers at Kalfayan Merjanian can help. We are experienced in all areas of maritime law and can help you win your case as a seaman hurt on the job.

Maritime Protection under the Law

The Jones Act provides you protection under maritime law for illness or injuries you sustain while on the job. You must qualify as a seaman to have these rights, and the attorneys at KM can help you file a case. The Jones Act defines a seaman as anyone that works on a vessel or in support of a vessel for a majority of their duties. They can serve in any capacity or position as long as the vessel is in navigable waters at the time of injury.  

As a seaman, you have seven days from the date of the accident to file a claim for your injuries under the Jones Act. You must notify a manager or supervisor of your injury claims and an official maritime accident report must be completed that details the events of the accident and the extent of your injuries.

The Seaman’s Right to Compensation

You have a right to seek compensation for your maritime injuries in a variety of ways. The Jones Act allows for medical, lost wage, pain and suffering, and punitive compensation. These claims are awarded on an individualized basis depending on the extent of your injuries and severity of your accident.

  • Medical expenses: This covers any medical treatment you need for your injuries as well as any medical care you would need in the future. It also covers your transportation to your medical appointments and any medical equipment you would need for your recovery.
  • Lost wages: When you miss out on wages because of your injuries, you can make a claim for compensation of your earnings, 401K, vacation time, pension, as well as any future earnings you will lose out on from your maritime injuries.
  • Pain and suffering: You also have a right to pain and suffering damages for a maritime injury. These damages allow for physical as well as mental pain and suffering with no guidelines available on total compensation. Each injury case is treated individually and compensated as such.
  • Punitive damages: When reckless actions happen that risk your safety in a maritime accident, you deserve punitive damages for your injuries. These damages go above and beyond your medical expenses, lost wages and pain and suffering. They are provided when it is proven that an employer acted recklessly and endangered your safety.

The attorneys at KM can get you compensation for your maritime injuries through the Jones Act. We will fight for your compensation and help you recover from your injuries without financial worry. Contact the lawyers at KM if you are a seaman who has been injured in a maritime accident. We can help you with your maritime case.

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