Jones Act Claims: Determining the Value of Jones Act Settlements
Jones Act claims allow maritime workers to seek compensation if injured on the job. While maritime law provides these workers with maintenance and cure benefits to pay for medical expenses and daily living costs while recovering, if your injury is caused by negligence or the ship you were injured on was unseaworthy, you could have grounds to seek additional compensation. Jones Act settlements can help provide additional funds for your medical expenses, pain and suffering, lost income, and more.
If you’re a maritime worker who’s been injured on the job, you’re not alone. Contact a Louisiana maritime lawyer to discuss whether you have grounds for a claim.
Calculating the Value of Jones Act Claims
When filing Jones Act claims, there are a variety of items for which you can seek compensation, including past expenses you’ve incurred and those you expect to incur in the future because of your injury.
In determining the value of claims and the expected amount Jones Act settlements may yield, a Louisiana maritime lawyer willassign a monetary value to the:
· Medical bills and treatment costs resulting from the injury. Make sure you save all itemized bills and receipts from medical appointments so your lawyer can estimate accurately the amount you are owed. It’s important to note that you will not be able to seek compensation for any medical costs that were already paid through your cure benefits.
· Any expected costs for future medical care and treatment. A report from your doctor that describes your condition and treatment plan can help your lawyer determine the cost.
· Wages and income you have lost while injured. Keep track of the time you’ve had to spend away from work because you were physically unable to work or because you were receiving treatment for your injury. This will help your lawyer assign a value to your lost wages.
· Any wages or income you will lose in the future. If your injury has rendered you completely unable to work, you could seek compensation for lost earning capacity and the income you would have earned if you were not injured.
· The pain, suffering and mental anguish you’ve endured. Though it is often hard to assign a value to pain and suffering, a doctor or psychologist’s report of depression, anxiety or post-traumatic stress disorder may help.
· Any lost benefits your injury has caused you. If your injury rendered you unable to work, therefore losing your health insurance or retirement benefits, you could seek compensation for their value.
The value of Jones Act settlements vary greatly depending on the severity of your injury, the effects it has had on your life and the expected treatment plans it will require. Your family may even recover damages if you are killed while working at sea.
Getting Help from a Louisiana Maritime Lawyer
Jones Act settlements can compensate injured maritime workers for medical bills, lost income, and pain and suffering. Call 1-504-680-4100 or 1-866-938-6113 to speak a Louisiana maritime lawyer at The Young Firm about your case. See our free guide, 6 Secrets Your Company May Not Tell You When You Get Injured Offshore, to learn more about Jones Act claims.