Dispute Injury Claims With Our Experienced Trial Attorneys
When a worker suffers an injury on a boat or ship, the true cause may not be immediately apparent. While injured seamen or other employees may seek damages to help them recover, businesses must carefully assess each claim — and contest them when necessary.
Tonkin & Mondl, L.C. represents insurers and self-insured companies in Missouri and across the nation. Although our law firm is recognized for our success within the marine industry, we support both maritime and nonmaritime businesses. We can work with you to resolve an insurance claim dispute.
What Companies Should Know About The Jones Act
In addition to regulating maritime commerce, the Jones Act allows vessel workers to seek damages for an injury. According to the law, however, seamen can only seek compensation for injuries resulting from the negligence of the employer, vessel owner or crew.
Negligence may include:
- Failure to properly maintain or repair the vessel and onboard equipment
- Failure to clean spills or remove other hazards from the vessel
- Failure to adequately train the seamen or other crew members
- Unsafe practices for completing work tasks or operating the vessel
- Violent acts by a crew member or captain
In maritime injury defense cases, our attorneys scrutinize the other party’s claims to ensure fairness. We investigate a variety of scenarios, such as assaults or equipment defects, to protect our clients from liability when possible.
Effective Litigators In Injury Claim Defense
The legal team at Tonkin & Mondl, L.C. has extensive experience in insurance dispute litigation. When it is not possible to negotiate or deny an injury claim for which we believe our client should not be liable, we are ready to uphold their interests in trial.
Our insurance defense lawyers use numerous strategies to support our clients’ best interests in litigation. When collecting expert testimony, cross-examining witnesses and evaluating physical evidence, our attorneys stand firm. We prepare for court thoroughly and remain diligent throughout the trial.
Guard Your Company Against Unsubstantiated Claims
Injury claims can be expensive — and they may take a significant toll on small and midsize businesses. Do not pay without first obtaining a legal assessment. Speak to our St. Louis attorneys by calling 314-231-2794 or completing our intake form.