Under the Jones Act, an injured maritime worker has specific legal remedies available to guarantee that appropriate care and adequate compensation are forth-coming. A qualified attorney can help you prove your case and protect your lawful rights. A free consultation will allow you and Counsel to determine if you have a legitimate injury claim under the Jones Act based on the following criteria.
The Jones Act covers crew members- masters, captains, officers, engineers, deck hands, cooks, and all other crew members, of any description who have an employment-related connection to a vessel or a group of vessels in navigable waters. For example, even a drilling hand on a jack up oil rig is a crewmember on that vessel. The employment duties must contribute to the vessel’s function or the accomplishment of its mission.
Under the Jones Act, every seaman is afforded the right to a safe work environment, adequate instruction for the job and equipment, equipment that is in safe working order, properly trained and equipped co-workers, a sufficient number of crew members and co-workers to assure safe working conditions, quality and timely medical care, and a vessel in reasonable condition for its intended use. Although seamen are aware of the high risks involved in maritime work, the employer is required to warn of known dangerous conditions. If an employer fails to carry out the mandated obligations, and you are injured as a result of negligence or incompetence while pursuing your duty, you have a justifiable claim under the Jones Act.
Having a substantiated Jones Act claim entitles an injured seaman to full benefits of maintenance and care, the right to recompense for lost wages and diminished earning capacity, pain and suffering, and other results of injury. These cases can be complicated. Attorneys inexperienced in maritime law may leave a client with woefully inadequate compensation for injuries sustained. Broussard-Hart, a law firm distinguished by success with Jones Act cases, will assist you as an injured seaman in discovering every possible source of recovery. Contact Broussard-Hart today for your free consultation, and we will determine, defend, and deliver your rights.