Calculation of Damages
Maritime Personal Injury Lawyer
The facts of each case are unique and identical injuries do not necessarily produce an identical result. One element of damages that varies widely is future lost wages/earning capacity. If a seaman is disabled and cannot continue his career offshore, it is likely that he will earn substantially less each year on land, if he is able to work at all. If a seaman will earn less in the future due to their injury, they should be compensated by the at fault party for their remaining expected work life. If two seamen would earn $50,000 less each year due to their injuries, a 55-year-old would likely be compensated for only a few years, while a 25-year-old’s damages could be well over a million dollars. Damages for pain and suffering, on the other hand, are usually in a much closer range between cases with similar injuries, but still depend on the unique facts of each case.
If you have been injured in a maritime accident you deserve an offshore injury attorney who will get to know you personally and fight for every element of damages that you are owed. An injured seaman should not settle for, or expect, the same result that a friend or neighbor obtained from a lawsuit, and judges and juries do not have any list itemizing how much each part of the body is “worth”.
Maritime personal injury cases are significantly different from other areas of the law and you deserve a team of experienced, specialized admiralty and maritime lawyers to defend your rights. Discuss your unique situation today by calling Strauss and King at (504) 523-0033 or toll free at (888) 4BERNEY.
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