The Jones Act is an Act of Congress that governs the liability of vessel operators and marine employers for the work-related injury or death of an employee. The Act provides an injured maritime employee with a remedy under maritime law against employers for injuries arising from negligent acts of the employer or co-workers during the course of employment on a vessel. In order to have a Jones Act claim, a worker must prove some negligence or fault on the part of the vessel's owners, operators, officers, and/or fellow employees or by reason of any defect in the vessel, its gear, tackle, or equipment.
An injured worker under the Jones Act lawsuit or claim can seek to recover the following legal damages:
Offshore and river
employees working aboard vessels and rigs have special rights under
maritime law and the Jones Act.
to the complexity as
well as the costs involved in
pursuing a Jones Act case, it is important for an injured party to have
an experienced and qualified attorney on his/her side. Before speaking
with an insurance
company about an on the job injury you have received on a navigable
waterway, protect your rights and the
welfare of your family by contacting me, Attorney Bob Buckalew. Clients
who choose my firm to handle their Jones Act case,
receive the following: