Seaman Hires VB Attorneys After Traumatic Upper Body Injury
In March of 2022, our client was working on the deck of a 158-foot fishing vessel. The crew was tasked with hoisting a 150 lb device with a crane to its new permanent location. As it began to ascend, the apparatus fell, swung, and hit our client square in the back. His crewmates say he was dead on the spot but remarkably, he was successfully resuscitated.
Our client suffered severe injuries to his back. He spent the next year in and out of surgery, trying to regain his independence and figure out what came next. This year, his company asked him to sign paperwork, saying that he agrees to “settle” for a mere $45,000. This stirred him to take action, as he believed he should be receiving more from the organization. Typically this would be a situation where there is nothing we could do to help him. However, there was no lawyer present at the signing. Injured sailors may be able to undo agreements that were signed without legal representation due to the potential for coercion caused by preexisting power imbalances.
We took this case because we believe the contract was presented to our client in bad faith and we believe our client deserves much more, It's essential to consult a legal expert prior to binding any agreement, as in most cases, it is not possible to back out once the contract is signed.
What Happens Next
We understand how difficult it is to recover after a traumatic maritime accident. If you have been injured or affected by a similar incident, our maritime lawyers at VB Attorneys are here to seek justice. We have a track record of success and we will dedicate our time and resources to granting you the care and compensation that you deserve.
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