How Do I Take Care of My Family While Injured?
For many seamen hurt on the job, their first concern is for their families. No matter what industry you are employed in, what savings you have put away, or what your monthly expenses are, being forced to take time off work will affect your family financially. Couple this with medical expenses, and your situation could seem dire. Fortunately, there are laws written with families just like yours in mind. Offshore workers are protected by federal laws such as the Jones Act. You have the right to collect compensation as an injured offshore worker under this law. In addition to medical expenses such as hospitalization, you could be entitled to compensation for a variety of associated damages under the Jones Act.
Damages for which you can seek compensation include the following:
- Lost wages
- Loss of earning capacity
- Future health complications
- Mental anguish
- Vocational rehabilitation
- Long-term care
- Physical pain
- Living expenses
Filing a Jones Act claim is similar to filing a claim for workers' compensation. Settlements under the Jones Act, however, are usually much larger than workers' comp settlements. This is partially due to the high-risk nature of maritime occupations. Under federal statutes such as the Jones Act, you and your family have legal recourse should you suffer an injury on the job. Learn more about your rights as well as the process of completing an injury claim under the Jones Act by speaking with a maritime injury lawyer at Arnold & Itkin LLP.