The Jones Act may not receive a lot of acclaim from the general public, but it is a crucial piece of legislation that seamen, shipyard workers, crew members on ships and many other maritime workers respect and uphold. The Jones Act protects workers at sea from dangerous working conditions and any injuries that they may suffer on the job as a result of a vessel’s dangers or an employer’s negligence.
Under the Jones Act, people injured while performing maritime work can seek damages for their medical costs, as well as future medical costs. They can also sue for lost wages and pain and suffering.
The Jones Act also deals with a legal status called “unseaworthiness,” which basically means that a vessel or employer was negligent in some way and that this negligence caused a person to suffer injury. Since unseaworthiness is an area of strict liability, you do not have to prove that your employer knew about the dangerous condition involved in your case.
It is also important to note that maintenance and cure — two things that maritime workers have rights to when injured — are guaranteed, and you don’t have to sign any special waiver or release in order to obtain these crucial pieces of financial compensation.
No one should go through any unseaworthiness claim without legal counsel. These can be tricky legal issues that require the skilled hands of an experienced maritime lawyer, and at the Law Offices of John W. Merting, we want to provide you with such skills and experience in order to move your case forward.