I hurt my arm badly while working on a merchant marine vessel, but I'm hesitant to file a Jones Act claim because my fellow sailors think I should “tough it out” and take my lumps like a man. What should I do?

Well, there's no denying the fact that Popeye the Sailor would never file a Jones Act claim if he got injured in the line of work—but then again, Popeye was a cartoon character who could be clonked on the head by a falling anvil in one panel and be back to his old self by the next. Whenever a fellow sailor accuses you of being insufficiently “tough,” you should ask yourself the following questions:

  • If that person got injured, would he suffer in silence or yell, scream, and call an attorney at the earliest opportunity?
  • Will your “tough” sailor friend agree to pay all your medical bills and compensate you for your time off work?
  • What kind of injury would actually merit a Jones Act filing? Losing an arm? Being paralyzed from the waist down? Where does your sailor pal draw a line between not being “tough” enough and being seriously maimed?
  • Is your sailor friend actually speaking for himself, or has he been put up to this criticism by your employer, which wants to discourage you from filing a Jones Act claim?
  • When a mainland worker breaks his arm, is he accused of not being “tough enough” by his coworkers, or do they take it as a matter of course that he deserves to be compensated?

Do you see where we're going with these questions? If not, you need to call an experienced Jones Act and offshore law expert at V&B Attorneys (877-724-7800) to learn more about your rights!

Vuk Stevan Vujasinovic
Experienced Injury Lawyer. First Generation American. Life-Long Texan. Husband. Father.