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Workers in the maritime industry have more extensive options than just worker’s compensation if they become sick or are injured through this federal maritime law statute, called the Jones Act. This law was designed for the well-being of maritime commerce, to protect workers injured or sick due to poor maintenance or lack of safety on a vessel in which they work. This is also called the Merchant Marine Act of 1920.
This act is designed to protect employees who regularly face dangers work while at sea in order to support American maritime commerce.
This law and provide compensation for issues that may include medical care, physical pain or suffering, lost wages while injured or sick, living costs and even mental anguish.
Not all attorneys are qualified to represent you in a Jones Act case. You will need to research attorneys to find one qualified and experienced in maritime law.
Typically, one has three years from the time of the accident or on-site to file suit. However, this is just a general rule and time can vary based on the situation.
No, just seamen that meet certain qualifications. Other maritime workers may be covered under the Longshore & Harbor Worker’s Compensation Act (LHWCA).
This refers to the safety of a vessel and how seaworthy it is. This Act entitles workers to a vessel that is well run and maintained, that meets a variety of conditions to be called “seaworthy.”
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