Anyone who is injured while working on a vessel is likely protected as a Jones Act Seaman. The Jones Act allows qualified seamen to seek legal compensation from their employer for their financial losses and the consequences of their physical injuries when those injures resulted from negligence by the vessel’s owner, operator, or another seaman.
Per maritime law, a seaman is someone who has an employment-related connection with a specific ship or shipping company. They must spend at least 30% of their working time with that ship or fleet of ships. In addition, the employee’s duties must directly contribute to the ship’s functions or to accomplishing its assigned tasks. When a worker legally meets these two qualifications, they are covered by the Jones Act personal injury clauses as a seaman.
An injured Jones Act Seaman is entitled to be compensated for a wide variety of damages such as lost earnings, lost earning capacity, past and future medical expenses, pain, suffering, and mental anguish. However, in order to receive compensation, the Seaman will have to sufficiently prove each individual type of damage and this can turn into a complicated process. If you have been injured on a vessel and you want guidance on how to navigate your Jones Act Claim, talk to an expert for free who will listen to your situation and explain how to protect your rights.