Negotiating a Jones Act Settlement

One of the first questions that most injured seamen have after deciding to file a Jones Act claim is – how much is my maritime injury case worth? It is crucial to have an idea of what would be considered a fair Jones Act settlement, especially when talking with your employer’s insurance company.

Keep in mind that when you are contacted by the insurer following a maritime accident, they are not looking out for your best interest. Instead, the insurance company is going to work hard to pay as little money as possible for your maritime injuries. That is why it is important to not sign anything without the assistance of an experienced Jones Act attorney.

A Jones Act settlement should include compensation for any applicable damages, including past and future medical expenses, past and future lost wages, lost earning capacity, pain and suffering, disfigurement, mental anguish and any other costs associated with your maritime injuries. The insurance company may offer you a settlement that does not include all the damages in which you are entitled. As an injured Jones Act seaman, you deserve to be fully compensated.

If you try to negotiate with the insurance company on your own, you risk accepting a settlement that is far below what your claim is worth. Contact an experienced maritime injury lawyer at our law firm for legal advice regarding your Jones Act case.