The Jones Act Protects Seamen and Provides for Compensation
Through the Jones Act, covered seamen who are injured in the course of their employment are entitled to bring a claim to recover certain damages for injuries that they experience on the job. The damages that you could be entitled to through the Jones Act include:
- Medical costs in the short- and long-term
- Compensation for lost wages and earnings ability
- Vocational retraining, depending on the extent of your injuries
When employees are injured as a result of the negligence of their employer, the Jones Act provides a foundation for a cause of action when other laws might not apply. People working on vessels or in onshore or offshore operations related to the maritime industry often have many laws that could apply to their situation, and in some cases, multiple laws will apply at once. To ensure that your claim is filed correctly and accurately, it is best to work with an experienced attorney.