The area of admiralty and maritime law has many different aspects to it, but today we want to focus on three distinct matters that apply to this umbrella of the law:
What is the Jones Act? The Jones Act is a law that protects workers at sea. When they are injured, either on a vessel or a structure like an oil rig, the Jones Act gives the workers a legal course of action against their employers for their negligence. The damages that you can recover under the Jones Act include any past or future medical expenses related to the incident, loss of income, and any other pain and suffering you endured as a result of the incident.
What are the legal ideas of maintenance and cure? Maintenance and cure are two forms of compensation that a worker at sea is entitled to should they get injured. Maintenance covers things such as your daily room and board expenses (until your maximum medical recovery is reached). Cure covers medical expenses, and relates to the authorization and payment of those expenses.
What is the concept of unseaworthiness? Unseaworthiness essentially means that a boat, vessel, or seaborne structure was unsafe in some way. Maybe there were safety violations that were apparent, foreign substances on deck, or the crew was insufficiently trained — all of these things can be considered “unseaworhty” claims.
If you live in the Florida Panhandle and have questions or issues related to these points, please consider the experienced attorneys at the Law Offices of John W. Merting.