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Why Isn’t Your Maritime Employer Upfront About the Jones Act?

After an offshore worker is injured at sea, a maritime employer may not be forthcoming about workers' benefits under the Jones Act. Oftentimes, injured seamen are led to believe one thing or are not shown a copy of their rights. They may assume that their employer has their best interests in mind or will tell them the truth, but sometimes maritime employers are more concerned about their bottom line. This may cause an employer not to tell an oilrig worker, crewmember, or other maritime worker the truth about their rights under the Jones Act.

Why Maritime Employers Don't Want Injured Seamen to Know Their Full Rights

A maritime employer may be afraid to reveal an injured seaman's right to him for fear that he will take advantage of his benefits. They don't want workers to inflate their injuries just so they can collect benefits while taking time off of work.

Maritime employers are also afraid they will lose money by explaining the Jones Act to their employees. Because injured seamen have a right to pursue a lawsuit and have a right to a jury trial, maritime employers do not want to let their workers know this information because they do not want to spend the time or money on a court case.

Things You Can Do About It

When your employer is not being upfront about their legal obligations to you, you need to turn to someone you can trust. Check with a trusted Jones Act attorney for more information, and do not believe your employer's word as 100 percent accurate. If you have been injured at sea, you may have rights to compensation - more than your employer is letting on.

Also, if you are a family member of a seaman that died on the job, you should not believe or trust your loved one's employer. As a family member, you have a right to bring a wrongful death claim against the employer that was responsible for your loved one's death.

For more information about wrongful death claims or Jones Act benefits, Call the Voss Law Firm and speak with an experienced Texas offshore injury lawyer at 888-614-7730 in a free legal consultation.
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