The Jones Act is a federal law that provides remedies to seamen who are injured while working on a vessel. The act also makes provisions for the families of seamen killed in the performance of their duties.
Damages are Recoverable Under the Jones Act
A Jones Act seaman and his family may recover against an employer for:
- Lost wages
- Future lost earning capacity
- Past and future medical expenses
- Damages for physical pain and suffering as well as mental anguish
Who Is a "Seaman" under the Jones Act and General Maritime Law?
To be a "seaman" and qualify for coverage under the Jones Act, the individual must meet the following criteria:
- The vessel that you were injured on must be "in navigation" at sea or in a body of water that is connected to interstate or international commerce
- You must spend a substantial part of your work time on board the vessel
Workers Covered by the Jones Act
- Tug boat workers
- Barge workers
- Cruise ship workers
- Ferry boat workers
- Construction workers who work on vessels or barges
- Oil platform workers
- Commercial divers
Do I Need an Attorney Specializing in Seaman's Injuries or Jones Act?
If you or a loved one are a seaman who suffered an injury in the performance of your maritime duties, it would be wise to consult with an attorney specializing in either Maritime and Admiralty law, or seaman's injuries (the Jones Act). Speaking with the proper defective products lawyer will enable you to understand your rights and to preserve any possible remedies.