Even with as complicated as the Jones Act can be, one thing has always been very clear: any injured maritime worker is entitled to financial compensation for lost wages, loss of earning capacity, pain, suffering, and even medical costs. More than just income, the Jones Act provides for different financial needs that may arise after an injury. These needs are referred to as compensatory damages where appropriate.
What Are Punitive Damages?
Under maritime law, injured workers may be entitled to compensatory damages that replace losses caused by his or her injury, whether it happened while working on the water or while working onshore for a major shipping company. Compensatory damages go far beyond just the loss of income, and may include:
- Bodily Injury
- Mental anguish
- Inability to engage in social and recreational pursuits previously enjoyed
- Fear of future surgery
- Lost future earning power
And many more. Under maritime law, you may be entitled to punitive damages if you have been injured in the workplace and the employer intentionally, callously or recklessly fails to pay maintenance and cure.
How Can I Seek Compensatory Damages If I Am Injured?
The first step is to contact a maritime injury lawyer immediately. In too many injury cases, shipowners and employers will try to undercut their injured employees by involving an “insurance investigator” or by trying to settle out of court for an insulting amount.
Don’t let the big maritime employers cut you out of the full compensation you could be entitled to after an injury. O’Bryan Law has the knowledge and skill it takes to fight for you and get the full range of compensation and damages you deserve for your hardships. Before talking to your employer, contact O’Bryan today and let us review your case and fight for your justice. Our loyalties are always to you – never to the company’s bottom line.