Federal Maritime Law and the Jones Act May Determine Your Claim for Your Barge Accident Injury
When a covered employee in the maritime industry is injured on the job, oftentimes, both federal maritime law and the Jones Act will apply. In other instances, the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act (OCS Lands Act) will apply. These statutes will generally entitle you to compensation for your lost wages and earnings potential due to your injuries, in addition to medical costs and, in some instances, vocational retraining.
The extent of your injuries, future medical costs, and the related impact on your earnings ability will ultimately determine what options for compensation are open to you.
If your loved one was injured in a barge accident or incident on another vessel or during offshore or onshore operations and they are unable to bring their own claim, or if they were killed, you could be entitled to a survival action under the Jones Act. Discuss your case with a knowledgeable attorney at Brais Law Firm to determine your options. Determining which statutes and rules apply to your injuries requires a thorough knowledge of the intricacies of these overlapping bodies of law. Figuring this out while trying to recover from your injuries can be difficult, and if you work with a barge accident attorney on the case, you’ll be able to step back and focus on recovery while we take over your case from claim through compensation.