The Jones Act Death & Survival Claim

The Jones Act death and survival claim is the exclusive remedy for the wrongful death of a seaman or crewmember that dies within three nautical miles from shore due to the negligence of an employer, ship’s master or fellow crewmember. Having previously represented shipping, cruise line and marine insurance companies for 19 years, the board certified maritime attorneys at the law firm of Brais, Brais & Rusak are in a unique position to protect the families of seamen, crew members and certain oil field workers whose family member’s death occurred while working within 3 nautical miles of shore. The lawyers at the law firm of Brais, Brais & Rusak with offices in Miami, Florida, Boston, Massachusetts and Houston, Texas are here to help the families of seamen, crew members and oil field workers as a result of an accident causing death.

There is no Jones Act “negligence” remedy for unseaworthiness. If the event causing death occurred beyond 3 nautical miles from the shore of any State or U.S. territory, the seaman’s representative may bring an action for unseaworthiness under DOHSA. If the event causing death occurred within 3 nautical miles, the crew member’s representative may join with the Jones Act negligence claim a general maritime wrongful death claim for unseaworthiness. The Jones Act Wrongful Death & Survival law suit must be brought by the estate’s personal representative against only the seaman/crewmember’s employer.

The attorneys at the law firm of Brais, Brais & Rusak have the experience to protect your rights, the compassion to serve your needs, and the skill to obtain the compensation you deserve. To reach our lawyers you may click email the firm, call 1-800-499-0551 from within the U.S., Skype BraisLaw worldwide or click Contact Us to select and complete a form for a free evaluation of your case.


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