Jones Act: Maritime Injury & Compensation
Oil riggers, longshoremen and seamen work dangerous jobs that frequently put them at risk of serious injury or worse. The Jones Act is a federal law that helps ensure workers at sea receive compensation when they are injured or killed on the job, and it puts a legal responsibility on employers to prevent such injuries.
Originally known as the Merchant Marine Act of 1920, the Jones Act allows seamen or their surviving dependents to sue an employer for damages and receive a trial by jury if the company’s negligence may have been to blame.
Under the Jones Act, your employer is required by federal law to provide a workplace free of recognizable hazards.
Employers are required to pay for care and daily living expenses for workers injured at sea. However, if an employer is even partially responsible for a worker’s injury, under the Jones Act the worker can receive compensation for pain and suffering, past and future wage losses and more.
Employers may be negligent in a number of ways, such as:
- Improperly maintaining equipment
- Poor employee training
- Understaffing a vessel
- Hiring unqualified workers
- Mandating employees work excessive hours
Legal Action is Your Right
If you have been injured on an offshore job site as a result of your employer’s failure to adhere to safety regulations, you may be entitled to monetary damages under the Jones Act. The families of workers killed on the job are likewise granted the right to seek this compensation.
Don’t take your legal rights for granted. Contact Avram Blair & Associates today for a free, no-obligation consultation.