Admiralty law governs the manner that sea-going vessels can operate while at sea. Most of these laws are recognized internationally, and they are some of the oldest laws on the books. And these laws can help you or a family member receive just compensation for injuries suffered while on the job doing the often dangerous jobs men and women at sea have to perform.
If you have were injured while aboard a vessel either as a crew member, sub-contractor, or passenger involved in maritime activity, contact the experienced lawyers at Junell & Associates, PLLC, to learn about your legal rights and discuss your claim.
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Jones Act Injury Claims
The Jones Act, 46 U.S.C. Sec.30104, also known as the Merchant Marine Act of 1920, is a federal law that allows US seamen to sue their employers for compensation when they are injured on the job due to the unfit condition (unseaworthiness) of a vessel or the negligence of a third party, such as the shipmaster or other sailors on the vessel. This law also provides protection for families of sailors who were killed by on-the-job injuries.
Maritime Injury Claims
If you are a maritime worker or seaman who has been injured on the job, you could be protected by laws such as the Jones Act, the Longshore & Harbor Workers Compensation Act, and the Death on the High Seas Act. These types of injuries occur in dry-dock accidents, crane accidents, dredge accidents, and barge accidents, to name only a few. Additionally, because many drill rigs are offshore, accidents that happen there are covered by federal maritime law, and they are not covered by state-based personal injury law. The workers on drill rigs are considered seamen and are therefore entitled to maintenance and cure provisions (daily living expenses, medical care, etc.) for any injuries suffered during the course of work as well as the ability to file a claim under the Jones Act against parties that may be responsible for an injury.
Speaking with our experienced lawyers will help you decide what’s best for you and if should file a claim. Our law firm accepts cases on a contingency fee basis, which means we do not charge any fees upfront and only get paid if we win the case. Contact us today at the number below to receive help!