Alabama Jones Act Attorneys
Help from Alabama Offshore Injury Lawyers Who Never Back Down
With 1,500 miles of waterways, Alabama is home to the most inland waterways of any state. Due to these inland waterways and Alabama’s Gulf Shore, maritime work makes up a large part of available jobs. Unfortunately, working as an Alabama seaman in the maritime industry is a high-risk occupation. Workers have to lift heavy loads, work with aging equipment, and expose themselves to daily hazards. Due to all these factors, an accident on the water or at sea can be more serious than a similar incident that occurs on land.
Thankfully, the Jones Act protects maritime workers who have been injured by a vessel’s unseaworthiness or the negligence of their employer. All you need to do is file a claim. The Alabama Jones Act lawyers at Arnold & Itkin LLP have helped our clients get back billions of dollars’ worth of lost wages, medical expenses, lost future earnings, and more—and we want to help you get back on your feet. We help clients throughout the state of Alabama in places such as Mobile, Montgomery, Birmingham, Andalusia, Red Level, Brantley, and more.
Arnold & Itkin has helped hundreds of maritime workers get their lives back. Let us help you rebuild, starting with telling us what happened to you. Call (888) 493-1629.
What Is the Jones Act?
The Jones Act, also known as The Merchant Marine Act of 1920, was created to govern and support American sea trade. Since offshore work is often more dangerous than most industries, the Jones Act makes special provisions for the sake of maritime workers. One of its most important stipulations makes vessel owners responsible for the state of their vessels and the safety of their crew.
Most importantly, the Jones Act allows workers to file claims when they’re injured due to employer negligence or unseaworthiness. This part of the law was created to offer relief to injured offshore workers and ensure they receive appropriate compensation for their losses. For workers who suffer serious injuries, Jones Act claims may be their only chance for a financially stable future.
Jones Act claims can include compensation for:
- Lost wages
- Loss of future earning capacity
- Pain and suffering
- Medical care
- Loss of future earning capacity
- Mental anguish
- Cost of living during recovery
For offshore workers, the Jones Act works like workers’ compensation does for land workers in that it exists to provide relief when an employee is injured. There are two crucial differences, however: one, Jones Act claims tend to be much larger than workers’ comp benefits. Workers’ comp covers only basic medical care and a portion of missing wages, but Jones Act claims cover far more. Two, Jones Act claims require claimants to prove negligence on the part of the employer. Worker’s comp does not require anyone to be found at fault. The higher awards offered by the Jones Act also demand a higher burden of proof, which is why injured crews need Alabama Jones Act lawyers.
Under the Jones Act, you have a right to:
- A reasonably safe work environment
- Make a legal claim if injured as a result of negligence
- Maintenance and cure related to the injury or illness
- Additional compensation if the vessel or crew is deemed unseaworthy
- Punitive damages if an employer refused to pay maintenance and cure
Mobile Catastrophic Injury Lawyers Helping Survivors of Maritime Accidents
The Jones Act is especially important for worker's who've sustained catastrophic injuries. An injury is considered catastrophic when it permanently alters the quality of a person life.
Catastrophic maritime injuries suffered by Alabama residents include:
When a person has injuries such as the ones above, they likely have medical debt, require future care, and can't work as they did before. Additionally, they may suffer from the mental and physical effects of their injuries for the rest of their life. Injured workers deserve compensation when they suffer immensely from a serious and preventable accident.
Billions of Dollars Won for the Injured
If you have suffered a serious injury while at sea, it is your right to seek compensation for your injuries. There are laws put into place with the specific purpose of protecting the rights during a time such as this. All you need is an experienced Alabama Jones Act attorney. This is why we encourage you to contact us as quickly as possible.
Over the years we have established ourselves as leaders in the maritime law and demonstrate the ability to protect the rights of the injured. We have recovered billions of dollars on behalf of our clients and we continue working hard to provide them with the best possible results.
Arnold & Itkin Obtains $14 million in a Jones Act Claim
In 2009, Kurt Arnold and Jason Itkin resolved a Jones Act claim for $14 million two days before trial. Arnold & Itkin LLP represented a worker after he suffered a head injury on the Hercules 15 Inland Barge. Hercules employees tack welded a three-foot pipe to the derrick and then forgot to remove it before starting the drilling operation. As a result, the pipe jarred loose and hit the Plaintiff in the head.
Other Arnold & Itkin victories include the following:
- Billions of dollars in verdicts and settlements
- Represented nearly one-third of the Deepwater Horizon crew
- Won verdicts that set state and national records
- Cases won in more than 40 different states
- Named to The Best Lawyers in America® for Admiralty and Maritime Law
We have helped hundreds of injured workers receive the compensation they deserve. We'll fight to help you, too. Contact our Alabama Jones Act attorneys today at (888) 493-1629.