Pre-Existing Conditions

Under the terms of the Jones Act, pre-existing medical conditions are any condition, such as arthritis, illness, or injury, that preexisted your injury. Working onboard a vessel at sea can lead to these conditions being aggravated or worsened due to further illness, accident, or injury. If these pre-existing conditions become debilitating due to a maritime injury, you may still be able to recover damages under the Jones Act.


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What Can I Do If I Have A Pre-Existing Condition?

Under maritime injury law, special rules apply to the evaluation and diagnosis of pre-existing conditions. Acts of negligence on behalf of the boat’s owner, the crew, or the company can frequently result in past injuries getting aggravated to the point of not being able to work. In many cases, the shipowner may try to blame these injuries on pre-existing conditions rather than accept responsibility for the conditions that led to the injury. If this happens, you need a tough and experienced maritime injury lawyer on your side like O’Bryan Law.
A crucial part of any maritime case is being clear and upfront about your pre-existing conditions. Honesty is the best policy when talking to your employer about medical conditions, especially when it comes to your livelihood, and being able to prove you had already made clear your pre-existing conditions will help you in the event they are worsened during your employment.

Maritime Pre-Existing Condition Attorneys

If harmful ship conditions or laborious work aggravated your revisiting medical condition, the Jones Act is on your side – and when you need a Jones Act attorney, you need the experienced staff of O’Bryan Law. Contact us today for a free case evaluation and get the justice you deserve. We fight for our clients, and we’ll fight for you on land or at sea.