The Jones Act was penned by the government to act as a protection for offshore workers. Jones Act seaman are given specific legal rights under this law that ensure their livelihood and health are protected while working in these extremely dangerous environments. Originally penned as the "Merchant Marine Act of 1920," this acted as a regulation for maritime commerce in the United States on the waters throughout the world for any U.S. port.
Under 46 U.S.C. § 30104 it states:
A seaman injured in the course of employment or, if the seaman dies from the injury, the personal representative of the seaman may elect to bring a civil action at law, with the right of trial by jury, against the employer. Laws of the United States regulating recovery for personal injury to, or death of, a railway employee apply to an action under this section.
This law gives seaman the right to pursue legal action for their injury while working offshore or in the event of a wrongful death, a family may be able to seek financial recovery for the loss of their loved one.
At Johnson Beard & Trueb, PC we understand that maritime employment is common in our state. For this reason we want to offer our legal services to the community in the event of a Jones Act injury or wrongful death. Filing a Jones Act Claim may allow for the victim and/or family to receive recovery for:
Under this law, the injured employee has the right to receive compensation for their injury as a result of the negligence of their employer if it had anything to do with their injury on the job. Maritime workers interact with a number of dangerous pieces of equipment and accidents can occur as a result lack of maintenance, untrained workers, as well as a general disregard for safety offshore by their employers. When any of these things occur, injuries and death are not an uncommon result.
If you are looking to file a Jones Act Claim, contact an Alaska Jones Act attorney at Johnson Beard & Trueb, PC today. Our firm is committed to doing whatever we can on behalf of each and every client who has wrongfully suffered on the job, and that includes those brave employees who work in the offshore industry. Contact us today to discuss your case, you can reach us at (888) 821-4978 or fill out an online case evaluation.
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