The Jones Act protects seamen injured on the job and gives them the right to sue their employer for damages. Seamen aren’t entitled to workers’ compensation claims the same way other land-based professionals are. As a result, the only compensation they can receive for injuries sustained while working is through the Jones Act and other maritime laws.
A seaman is defined as somebody who performs a significant amount of their work on any kind of ship or boat. To qualify for compensation under the Jones Act, part-time seamen have to spend at least 30% of their time working on a boating vessel. However, because determining the status of a seaman is difficult under maritime law, it is recommended that you seek a personal injury attorney as soon as possible before filing a claim under the Jones Act.
If a worker wants to recover damages from their employer, they must be able to prove that the owner, captain, or crew of the ship was negligent, and that their negligence significantly contributed to the injury in question. Under the Jones Act, an employer must provide a reasonably safe workplace and keep up with maintenance and care of the vessel the seaman works on.
An employer can be held liable for:
Standard injury cases must prove that the defendant’s negligence was a proximate cause of the plaintiff’s injury. Proximate cause usually means the defendant’s negligence was the main cause of the plaintiff’s injury. Criteria for proving the burden of proof is much lower under the Jones Act.
If you’ve been injured while working on a boat or ship, you might be entitled to financial compensation under the Jones Act. At Johnson Beard & Trueb, PC, we provide personally tailored representation for Alaskans who have suffered serious injuries while working. Our lawyers have deep roots in the Alaskan territory and are ready to fight for your legal rights.
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