For seamen, the Jones Act is a life rope tied in place for those who need it. The Jones Act’s protective measures reflect the hazardous reality of maritime work. Most workers assigned to a vessel on navigable waters are covered under the shelter of this entitlement.
A ship can be an exciting and dangerous workplace. Injuries can occur at great distances from available medical help, putting seamen at risk. The Jones Act enables seamen suffering an offshore injury resulting from employer or co-worker negligence to seek compensation. In addition, claims can be made against the vessel owner on the basis of unseaworthiness, or inadequate medical care while being employed on a vessel. Compensation for these cover medical, hospital, rehabilitation expenses, and maintenance—some daily allowance for lost wages.
Under the Jones Act, when a physical injury or wrongful death claim is filed, the worker is required to show employer negligence. Once proven, the employee is entitled by law to recover the damages incurred, including past and future medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering. These damages extend to the dependents of a seaman who dies as a result of a covered injury.
There are more than two dozen different worker categories covered by the Jones Act, and determining a claimant’s legal rights in order to recover the maximum compensation can be extremely complicated. A qualified attorney is needed to thoroughly explore the claim and assess the negligence. The sooner an experienced Jones Act lawyer is involved, the greater the chance for recovering a favorable settlement. Time constraints are in place for filing these claims and financial benefits may be lost if not immediately addressed. If you have a claim covered by the Jones Act, contact Broussard and Hart law firm today and we will put our expertise to work for you. Your case is our priority and your compensation is our purpose. Contact Broussard-Hart today.