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Do You Need an Attorney to File a Jones Act Claim in Louisiana?

Jones Act Apr 16, 2021

If you live in Louisiana and got injured working offshore, you may be able to collect financial compensation by filing a claim under the Jones Act. While some offshore workers try to file Jones Act claims on their own, this is a mistake—and it often proves incredibly costly. Your best option is to hire an experienced Louisiana maritime injury attorney to help you, and you can do so at no out-of-pocket cost.

5 Reasons to Hire an Attorney for Your Jones Act Claim in Louisiana

Why should you hire an attorney for your Jones Act claim in Louisiana? Here are five important reasons to seek experienced legal representation:

1. There are Strict Legal Requirements for Filing a Jones Act Claim

The Jones Act is a federal law that provides benefits to qualifying offshore and maritime workers. But, in order to secure Jones Act benefits, you need to meet the law’s strict requirements. If you make any mistakes when filing your Jones Act claim, you could end up without the benefits you deserve.

2. There are Different Types of Jones Act Claims

Many offshore and maritime workers do not realize that there are different types of Jones Act claims. While maintenance and cure benefits are available under the Jones Act on a “no-fault” basis, these benefits are limited—and they are not the only benefits available. In many cases, injured workers can seek additional compensation for unseaworthiness and Jones Act negligence.

3. You Are Responsible for Calculating Your Losses

When you file a Jones Act claim, it is up to you to make sure you seek the full benefits you deserve. If you don’t hire a Louisiana maritime injury attorney to calculate your benefits for you, you won’t know how much you are entitled to recover for your injury.

4. Filing a Jones Act Claim Might Not Be Your Only Option

While filing a Jones Act claim is one option, it is not necessarily the only option you have available. In many cases, injured offshore and maritime workers can file other claims as well. Additionally, some workers who think they qualify for Jones Act benefits actually need to file claims under the Longshore and Harbor Workers Compensation Act (LHWCA) or the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act (OCSLA).

5. It Costs Nothing Out-of-Pocket to Hire an Attorney

As we mentioned above, you can hire an attorney to handle your Jones Act claim at no out-of-pocket cost. At Willis Law Firm, we calculate our legal fees as a percentage of our clients’ compensation awards, and our clients don’t pay anything unless we win.

Schedule a Free Consultation with a Louisiana Maritime Injury Attorney at Willis Law Firm

Would you like to speak with a Louisiana maritime injury attorney about your Jones Act claim? If so, we encourage you to contact us promptly. To schedule a free consultation with an experienced attorney at Willis Law Firm, call 800-468-4878 or tell us about your claim online now.

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