Pursuing Compensation In Jones Act Claims

Thousands of Mississippi residents earn their livings on ships, at harbors, in shipyards and on oil platforms. Wages for these maritime jobs tend to be high and work can be seasonal.

When these workers are injured, they stand to lose a great deal of money they could have otherwise earned. Because these jobs are often dangerous, the injuries these workers sustain can range from the serious to catastrophic.

At Williams Newman Williams PLLC, in Jackson, our offshore injury lawyers represent maritime workers in Mississippi, and throughout the Delta region, who are injured on the job. We help them to obtain the compensation they need to regain their health and move on with their lives.

Do I Qualify For Jones Act Compensation?

If you are a maritime worker classified as a "seaman," you may qualify for significantly greater compensation than is available through workers' compensation. A federal law known as the Jones Act allows workers with this classification to file lawsuits against employers if they can prove the employer, or a fellow employee, was at fault for their injuries.

If you are a Jones Act seaman, and your employer or a fellow employee caused your injury, our lawyers can help you file a Jones Act claim to help you pay for your medical bills, cover lost wages, reimburse you for your pain and suffering, and compensate you for costs associated with any lingering injuries or disabilities. If you are a survivor of a loved one who died as a result of his or her injuries, we can also help you pursue wrongful death and survivors' remedies.

While workers' compensation is limited to paying medical bills, roughly two-thirds of your weekly pay, and little else — the ceiling on a Jones Act claim is limited only by the value of your claim. As a result, it is in the best interest of any injured maritime worker to consult with our attorneys to see if he or she has a case.

Types Of Injuries Commonly Seen In Jones Act Cases

  • Crushing injuries
  • Bone fractures
  • Dislocations
  • Muscle, tendon and ligament tears
  • Amputations
  • Closed head injuries
  • Traumatic brain injury (TBI)
  • Injuries from falling objects
  • Hypothermia from exposure to water or elements
  • Burns
  • Hypoxia/asphyxia
  • Barotrauma
  • Wrongful death due to drowning or traumatic injury

Contact Us · Free Consultation With A Gulf Coast Lawyer

At Williams Newman Williams PLLC, we FIGHT FOR RIGHT on behalf of our injured clients. If you have been injured in a maritime accident, reach out for our lifeline. We are paid by contingency fee, which means you will owe us no money unless we collect for you.

For more information, or to schedule a free initial consultation with one of our Jackson maritime law attorneys, contact us online or by calling 601-208-0343 or toll free at 800-558-4208.