Certainly every case must be evaluated on the facts of the case. There are a few basic, important factors which generally determine the difference between a relatively small valued case and a higher valued case.
If you have suffered an injury which prevents you from returning to heavy manual labor and you previously earned significant wages working offshore or performing heavy manual labor for a maritime company, in all likelihood you will have a significant loss of future wage claim. Most high dollar Jones Act and maritime injury claims involve significant loss of wage claims in addition to pain and suffering damages and medical expenses. One way to estimate the value of your Jones Act claim is to ask how much money you will earn returning to limited or light duty work following your maritime injury. You will then need to compare this amount of income with what you were earning offshore or on the water. This begins to give you an idea of the amount of lost wages you may suffer due to your injury.