One of the most common types of injuries that occurs in maritime industries is the back injury. Maritime labor is frequently exhausting work, involving lots of heavy lifting, repetitive motions, and long hours. As a result, back injuries can sometimes develop quickly through a sudden accident, or over long periods, resulting in chronic, recurring pain.
Back injuries can be some of the most difficult for a worker to sustain because they can have both immediate and long-term impacts. In the immediate term, a sudden injury can prevent you from being able to perform the duties required of your position, which means you may not be able to work and support yourself and your family, let alone afford your potentially costly medical treatments to alleviate your pain. In the long term, a back injury may leave you with permanent consequences, such as lost mobility and the need for constant pain management treatments.
Protect Your Rights
If you are injured in a maritime accident, or you sustain a long-term injury from the nature of your work, you do not have to despair. Legal protections have been installed to help seamen continue to provide for their families and pay for their treatments when they are unable to work. This is known as the Merchant Marine Act of 1920, or as it is better-known, the Jones Act.
The Jones Act guarantees certain rights to seamen and their family members in the event of a serious injury or death due to a maritime industry accident. The act applies to all paid crew members of United States vessels. However, as with many other types of injuries, you must be able to reasonably prove that your back injury was the result of negligence on behalf of the vessel owner or operator your injury occurred on. There are many ways which this can be demonstrated, which is why having a skilled attorney who is familiar with maritime law on your side is vital to your case.
When you file a Jones Act claim, you could receive compensation for treatments you need for your back injury, including chiropractic visits, back surgery, pain management, and medications. Our attorneys will also fight for your lost income due to missed working time, pain and suffering, mental anguish, and potential disability should your injury have permanent or long-term effects.
It is not advised that you attempt to file a Jones Act claim on your own. The Corpus Christi maritime injury attorneys at Brunkenhoefer, P.C. Injury Attorneys have extensive experience helping clients who have been injured as a result of maritime work operations, and have an extensive record of success in recovering compensation for these clients. We are proud to fight for the rights of injured seamen, and will work hard to ensure your future is taken care of financially.To learn more, request a free case evaluation with Brunkenhoefer, P.C. Injury Attorneys today by calling 361-730-1190.