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There are hundreds, if not thousands of personal injury attorneys. However, personal injury attorneys are not all the same. Each law firm has different goals as a business, and the strategies they use in their cases are aligned. Choosing a small firm with values that align with your personal goals for your case will give your case the attention and time it needs to get you the best possible outcome.

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When to File Suit in a Jones Act Case

When to File Suit in a Jones Act Case Louisiana

At Cueria Law Firm, our Louisiana personal injury attorneys have vast experience in handling cases involving the Jones Act. When it comes to working in the maritime industry, the employment positions come with a high-risk of injury or death. Large equipment and heavy loads are dealt with on a large vessel which can be dangerous within itself, not to mention the difficult conditions on the water that can lead to even more risk. When you suffer an injury while working as a seaman, it is important to know your legal rights and understand if the Jones Act applies to your case. 

Understanding the Jones Act

The Jones Act is a federal statute that was enacted to help maintain and govern the maritime commerce that is transported from ports in the United States. General regulations are included in the Jones Act along with provisions for employees. With protection under admiralty law, a United States citizen that is working in the maritime industry who is injured or becomes ill due to the negligence of a vessel or company, they can file a claim based on the Jones Act. The goal of the Act was to ensure that seamen receive just compensation for injuries that occur out on open water. 

Settlements involving the Jones Act can include compensation that covers the following: 

  • Medical care
  • Physical pain, disfigurement or suffering
  • Mental anguish
  • Lost wages
  • Loss of future earnings
  • Cost of living during the recovery process

Legal Rights Under the Jones Act

The Jones Act will provide qualifying seamen with the option to seek compensation after an illness was developed or an injury occurred while on a vessel. Compensation can be sought for any injury that takes place based on the negligence of the owner of the ship, operator or another employee on board. The vessel owner must ensure safe operation of the ship as well as the maintenance of equipment used. 

Seamen Rights Under the Jones Act Include: 

  • Right to a safe work environment
  • Right to a legal claim based on injury caused by negligence
  • Right to compensation related to the illness or injury; known as maintenance and cure
  • Right to compensation if the vessel is found to be unseaworthy; also includes crew
  • Right to punitive damages if payment of maintenance and cure is wrongfully refused

At Cueria Law Firm, we can review your case and determine if you have the right to file for compensation based on the Jones Act. We understand the legalities involved in the maritime industry and are prepared to assist with your case. Schedule a consultation today so we can review your injury and/or illness and help you take legal action based on your individual circumstances. 

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Attorney Brent Cueria founded the Cueria Law Firm, L.L.C. located in New Orleans, in order to focus on the representation of injured individuals, where his true passion is. Mr. Cueria uses his past experience to diligently advocate for the injured and disabled clients he now represents against the insurance companies.

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carolyn clay
20:56 18 Jul 19
Brent is very professional and easy to work with. He made sure I was taken care of better than I expected. Very nice man and great team!
Kristin Marks
Kristin Marks
19:45 29 May 19
Mr. Brent Cueria does an amazing job! He was always available for any questions or concerns that I had. There was never a moment that he wouldn't take the time to help me out and keep me updated on the process of my case! A great attorney and an amazing guy!
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Kevin Byrd
15:59 08 May 19
Awesome caring firm that puts the clients needs first always. Brent was an exceptional lawyer and good person. I highly recommend Cueria Law Firm.
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Cat D
14:19 24 Apr 19
I had a good experience with this firm. The staff was professional and protected my personal interest. I would definitely recommend them.
Tameka Lewis
Tameka Lewis
22:35 07 Feb 19
Mr. Cueria was amazing, helped me beyond my expectations, they answer the phone and respond promptly to their clients. Very easy going, respectful, and professional.
April Washington
April Washington
21:59 10 Jan 19
Very nice reliable law firm... we really had good experience with him. And we are really thankful. I recommend him to everyone.
Salwan Ibrahimi
Salwan Ibrahimi
22:43 08 Nov 18
Mr. Brent is a great personal injury attorney as well as a caring attorney. He is always available to talk and answer all our questions. Mr. Brent does not take you on as just a client. He treats you like family.
Rashonda Matthews
Rashonda Matthews
17:11 01 Nov 18
The BEST in New Orleans!! I came into this office not knowing what would be the outcome of my case, and Brent assured me he got this! A big thanks to him and his staff for all your hard work!! I’m telling you if you need someone to represent he’s definitely the guy to call!! Love you guys! Until next time !😁
Allison Johnson
Allison Johnson
15:40 11 Oct 18
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Juju Giambe
21:14 22 Mar 18
Great experience. Very professional and personal at the same time. Highly recommended.
Hortense Ambrose
Hortense Ambrose
17:33 05 Mar 18
Mr. Cueria is very professional and works hard to assure that you received the best of outcome possible. Mr. Cueria and his staffed worked diligintly to give me the best settlement possible. I was very satisfied. -
Erica Ross
Erica Ross
13:17 07 Feb 18
I Love Mr. Brent. They handle me with tender loving care
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Shannan Holmes
08:55 30 Jan 18
This was my first experience ever having a lawyer and I was very grateful and it was very pleasant. Everything worked out for the best and I would definitely recommend Brent.
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Lionel Vicknair
16:06 07 Dec 17

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