Representing You In Jones Act/Unseaworthiness Claims Cases

The federal law known as the Jones Act protects maritime workers if injured on the job due to an employer's negligence. And our law firm protects the rights of these same maritime workers if their employers attempt to prevent them from recovering monetary damages.

For more than 40 years, the Law Offices of John W. Merting, P.A., in Gulf Breeze, Florida, has assisted families of individuals who have sustained catastrophic injuries, career-ending injuries, and wrongful death on vessels around the world. We have deep understanding of the Jones Act and unseaworthiness claims. Led by attorney John Merting, our team has the experience, knowledge and compassion that you need. Our law firm works on a contingency basis, charging nothing until our clients receive a settlement or jury award. Call us now for a free consultation at 866-416-4412.

Preventing Your Employer From Taking Advantage Of You

Offshore oil field workers, seamen, crewmen, commercial fishermen and others working aboard vessels have special rights under federal maritime law known as maintenance and cure. When injured, these workers have rights to:

  • Maintenance: Daily room and board expenses until maximum medical improvement is reached
  • Cure: Authorization and payment of medical expenses, including medical transportation

Federal maritime law covers these rights because workers' compensation laws that apply to land-based employment do not apply to work aboard vessels. But like workers' compensation claims, it does not matter who is at fault for an accident aboard ship. Maintenance and cure rights are triggered automatically. No seaman should ever sign any release to receive maintenance and cure. This would be a recipe for your employer to take advantage of you, and Mr. Merting is here to prevent this from happening.

Jones Act, Unseaworthiness Claims

The Jones Act provides a direct cause of action against the seaman's employer for its negligence and the negligence of its employees. Damages recoverable may include past and future medical expenses, past and future loss of income, and past and future pain and suffering. Negligence of the injured seaman can reduce the amount of the potential recovery.

If an onboard injury occurs because of unseaworthy and unsafe conditions such as unprotected work places, foreign substances on decks, and insufficient crew or training, the ship and employer may be liable. This is an area of strict liability — unlike slip-and-fall cases on land, there is no need to prove that the owner of the ship knew about the dangerous condition.

For both Jones Act and unseaworthiness claims, Mr. Merting seeks to obtain the fair compensation entitled to clients. However, if extensive litigation is necessary, Mr. Merting has the experience, knowledge and resources to protect his clients' rights.

Representing Hundreds From Around The World

If you are a maritime worker injured on the job due to your employer's negligence, we want to help you. With more than four decades of experience in maritime and personal injury law, the Law Offices of John W. Merting, P.A., of Gulf Breeze, Florida, is an efficient, attentive and assertive law firm that will advocate for you. We have represented hundreds of clients nationwide and throughout the world who were injured at sea. For a free consultation with a lawyer, call us now at 866-416-4412.