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06/16/2021

Why You Should Hire a Maritime Lawyer Who Specializes in Maritime Injury Rather than a General Personal Injury Lawyer for Your Jones Act Case

Brian Beckcom

Brian Beckcom

06/16/2021

When you have been injured in a maritime accident, time is not on your side. Immediately after your injury, you are tasked with not only focusing on recovery but determining the next steps to properly get the care and compensation that you deserve. 

Should I Hire a Personal Injury Lawyer or Maritime Lawyer?

Personal injury lawyers are able to help those injured in a wide range of accidents, but maritime accidents fall under the umbrella of complex and unique maritime laws, such as the Jones Act. At VB Attorneys, we are board certified personal injury lawyers but we have gathered the necessary knowledge, insight, and experience to specialize in maritime injuries. We have helped countless injured maritime and offshore workers to ensure their rights were protected and they were set up for success following an injury.

While you may think you are doing the right thing by contacting a general personal injury lawyer, they will not be equipped with the necessary Jones Act information or experience to properly fight for your rights. Maritime law is extremely complicated. 

The lawyer that you hire as your maritime lawyer is the most important decision that you can make following a maritime accident. It can make the difference between a small and a large settlement, or a quick settlement and a settlement that continues to delay because your lawyer is unequipped with the expertise to properly handle your case. At VB Attorneys, we have a tried and true formula for Jones Act lawsuit settlements. You should never be forced into accepting any Jones Act lawsuit settlements you don’t approve.  It is your case and your decision.  But when you work with a trusted maritime lawyer, you should obviously give great weight to their professional recommendations.

Jones Act Cases are Uniquely Different

Maritime workers are protected under the Jones Act, which is a federal statute that provides injured maritime workers with health care coverage for work-related injuries or illnesses. Injured workers are not obligated, nor should they pay any money towards their injury recovery or have to work with an insurance company.

Through the Jones act, workers are provided maintenance and care coverage. Maintenance and cure coverage provides injured maritime workers with income supplements as well as medical expense coverage. Any maritime worker that is injured or ill from working on a vessel or rig qualifies for maintenance and cure benefits. When you work with an experienced maritime lawyer, they will be able to walk you through your rights and ensure that you are being cared for properly.

Our Maritime Lawyers Can Help.

At VB Attorneys, we are considered one of the best Jones Act maritime law firms in the country. We are prepared to answer any questions that you may have and guide you through your injury. Let us walk you through the entire legal process and help you make the best decision for your future. Contact us to schedule your free and confidential consultation with our maritime lawyers.