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What Damages Can I Collect Under The Jones Act?

By Timothy Young on August 2, 2013

The Jones Act allows you to collect any damages that directly relate to your incident and subsequent injury.  Such damages may include pain and suffering, medical bills, and lost wages or fringe benefits.  When you have been injured, the pain and the bills can really add up, so it’s important to know about the compensation to which you are entitled.

Pain and Suffering

If you are able to prove pain and suffering damages during your trial, both past and future, you will be able collect these damages. The testimony you give at your trial, however, as well as the testimonies of your doctor and other witnesses, are critical in proving the nature and impact of your injury and the resulting pain and suffering. Very often family members and friends will testify on your behalf as witnesses to the injury’s effect on your daily life and future employability.

Past and Future Lost Wages

Damages in a Jones Act case may also include past and future loss of wages, if such losses are directly related to your injury.  The Young Firm works with qualified economists who determine the exact value of your losses, both past and future.  Most courts require these official figures from an economic expert for the injured worker to receive the damages.  Such calculations depend on what you were earning at the time of the injury; however, under the Jones Act, you can also collect financial damages based on future promotions and raises that you would have received if you had not been force to stop working due to injury.  The Young Firm is diligent about calculating future wages accurately, which can make all the difference between collecting the damages to which you are truly entitled, and simply collecting the dollar amount on your paycheck at the time of your injury.

Fringe Benefits

Working offshore can provide substantial fringe benefits.  However, when you are injured and unable to perform the manual tasks required of your job, you may no longer receive such benefits.  Fringe benefits include meals while on the job, retirement funds, and medical and disability insurance.  The Young Firm will acquire copies of your payment records, which include the collective value of your fringe benefits.  We will analyze and use this information to determine the actual value of your past and future financial losses, not just what your company wants to pay you based on a number on your paycheck.

If you are an injured seaman, you may be eligible for benefits under the Jones Act.  The Young Firm is here to serve you.  We have recovered millions of dollars in verdicts and settlements, and we can handle any situation you may be in.  Contact us for a free consultation today!

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