PRLog (Press Release) - Mar. 6, 2013 - One of the main purpose of the new site http://www.Floridamaritimeinjurylawcenter.com is to explain the protection of seamen and their rights. "The law offers significant protection for seamen under a Federal Statute known as the "Jones Act", Says Paul Ansel, who has been a Fort Lauderdale admiralty lawyer for over 40 years.
The Florida Maritime Injury Law Center site offers information about the Jones Act, as well as other topics of interest to seamen.
"Under the Jones Act the seaman is offered great protection. It is based upon the long established maritime tradition that "has made the ordinary seaman a member of a favored class. He is a 'ward of the admiralty,' often ignorant and helpless, and so in need of protection against himself as well as others.", continues Ansel.
When representing a seaman in a personal injury accident suffered during his work on a vessel or fleet of vessels (known in the law as an injury suffered during the course and scope of his employment) the proof needed to win is very small. Almost any evidence of his employer's fault is enough to win. Remember though this evidence is sometimes difficult to discover. After a seaman is injured, he normally leaves the ship at the first port at which the ship calls after the injury. "From then on the only contact he will have with the ship and the evidence of the cause of his injury is through attorneys, such as Maritime Injury Law Center",Ansel advises
It is then our responsibility to file a law suit, hire experts, do an investigation, and discover the facts necessary for the seaman to win his case, either through settlement before trial, or after a jury trial. This though difficult due to the limited opportunity to inspect the ship, and the fact that almost all the fact witnesses are still employed by the shipping company to whom they owe their living. So it is not a "level playing field" at any time.
It is also our responsibility to prove what damage the seaman suffered from his injury. This includes, any money loss, such as past and future lost wages, and a money payment for "pain and suffering" the injury caused.
The ship owner has on its side in addition to the normal circumstance lawyers who earn their living by defending their interest. We think an appropriate description of their job is to "hurt the seaman more". This they do be the universal strategy of "attacking the Plaintiff/seaman.
Now, a person may think some seaman may be taking advantage of the system to obtain money they shouldn't have. This maybe the case. However, the ship owner will attack the seaman in every case. That is always their strategy. It does not matter what the truth is, what matters is what smoke they can blow in the face of the inexperienced jury. Right, this is a juror's first and probably only encounter with this system. Anyone with knowledge of this system will be struck from the jury by the defense lawyer.
Knowing these tactics in advance; Maritime Injury Law Firm makes as one of its primary concerns the building of what we call a "sphere" around the seaman. In this way any attack on the seaman will be deflected, have no ill effect, and perhaps the attack can be turned on the attacker. We have decades of experience in defeating these tactics.
The practice of Admiralty is complicated and requires a knowledge of what actually happens to a seaman after he is injured. This the injured seaman must know and consider before he begins the process of protecting himself. Ansel invites you to the site or call them at 1 888 Sea Sick Maritimeinjurylawcenter.com