The Jones Act Protects Seamen Who Are Injured on the Job
People who qualify as “seaman” under the Jones Act are provided with coverage when they are injured on the job while working in covered positions in the maritime industry.
The Jones Act established a number of protections for individuals who are working in the maritime industry in the United States, including many individuals engaged in shipping. People who are engaged in work on vessels or the loading and unloading of vessels are generally considered “seamen” under the Jones Act.
If you are a worker covered under the Jones Act and you are injured due to your employer’s negligence, you are entitled to:
- Medical costs
- Compensation for lost earnings
- In some instances, vocational retraining
Knowing what factors apply to your unique injury and the accident or incident that caused it can be difficult, especially when you are trying to recover.
An experienced maritime lawyer will take over the case for you and handle everything from start-to-finish. Your initial consultation is risk-free and cost-free, and we’ll collect some basic information to determine if we are able to help with your case. At that time, we’ll explain what options may be available, which includes a discussion of our fees and taking the case on contingency. Attorneys who take cases on contingency typically only get paid if they win your case, so connect now for your free intake consultation to see if we can help.