The Jones Act Protects All of a Seaman’s Rights When He or She Is Injured
If you are Jones Act Seaman who is injured while at sea, you are entitled to maintenance and cure from your employer. Maintenance is the seaman’s daily living expenses, and cure is the seaman’s medical expenses. To make a claim under the Jones Act, you must qualify as a Jones Act Seaman.
It is often difficult for maritime workers to determine their status as a Jones Act seaman on their own, which is why you need a Jones Act lawyer. If you have questions, call the Seamen Injury Hotline today at 888-732-6368.
To be considered a Jones Act Seaman, you must be regularly employed to work on a vessel. Your job must contribute to the function of the vessel or its mission. This is a broad definition that includes the helmsman on a container ship, a hair stylist on a cruise ship and many others in between.
Examples of Jones Act Seaman Jobs Include:
- Crew members on container & other seagoing cargo vessels
- Tug & barge crew members
- Commercial fishermen
- Commercial divers
- Crew members on supply boats and service vessels
- Cruise ship staff & crew
Workers and Others Not Typically Considered Jones Act Seamen:
- Longshore workers
- Ship repairers
- Passengers, guests or visitors
Get Qualified Legal Representation Today
You can be sure that employers and ship owners know the Jones Act law. They have their lawyers and investigators at the ready to protect their interests. If you, your spouse or a loved one has been injured, becomes ill, or has suffered wrongful death which is in any way related to work on a vessel, you may be eligible for compensation as a Jones Act Seaman.
Maritime workers and others not covered under the Jones Act do have rights under other Maritime laws, including the Longshore & Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act and the General Maritime Law.
Call the Seamen Injury Hotline today at 888-732-6368, or complete our confidential form and we will follow up with you directly. We know the laws that protect every Jones Act Seaman and all maritime workers. We can help you understand your rights and how to protect them.