Jones Act Lawyer
Gulf Coast Lawyers Protecting Sailors’ Rights
The Jones Act (46 U.S.C. §30104), which is the Merchant Marine Act of 1920, is a federal law that provides seamen with the right to sue their employers and seek compensation when they are injured on the job. The law specifically focuses on injuries caused by some form of negligence by the ship owner, ship master, or others sailors on the vessel – or by the unfit condition (“unseaworthiness”) of the ship. The Jones Act also offers protection for families of sailors who were killed due to on-the-job injuries.
Are you a maritime worker who was seriously injured while performing your occupational duties out at sea? If so, you may be able to obtain financial recovery for your offshore injuries through the Jones Act. At Daspit Law Firm, we have Jones Act attorneys who are highly knowledgeable of this law and others that affect seamen’s rights. We can help you and your family pursue rightful compensation after an at-sea injury!
Proving Negligence & Unseaworthiness
In Jones Act cases, the injured party will often need to show that the vessel related to the claim was “unseaworthy.” This means that the some key part of the vessel – such as its parts, equipment, or crew – was not adequate for its intended use. In order to win a Jones Act lawsuit, an injured party does not have to prove that the unseaworthiness or negligence was the primary cause of the injury. Rather, the injury victim must simply prove that it played some type of role, even if it was a small one.
A few examples of negligence that might lead to a Jones Act claim include the following:
- Unsafe or improperly maintained equipment on the vessel
- Lack of equipment that the sailor needed to perform his or her job
- Failure to enforce safety procedures
- Improper sailor or crew training
- Hazardous conditions on the vessel, such as a slippery deck
Call Daspit Law Firm Jones Act Lawyers today!
Our offshore injury attorneys at Daspit Law Firm will work aggressively to prove the negligence that contributed to your injury, or your loved one’s injury. We will provide you with around-the-clock legal support! Contact our office at (346) 888-2410 for a free consultation.