Who is covered under the Jones Act?
Not every maritime worker is considered a Jones Act seaman, which means that not every person who has worked on a vessel is covered under the federal law known as the Jones Act. A seaman is a worker who spends more than 30% of his time working on a vessel, which means that any maritime worker who works less than 30% on a vessel is typically not considered a seaman and not covered under the Jones Act. This guide helps people to determine if they are Jones Act seamen or not; however, there are some exceptions.
If you were injured on the job in navigable waters, even if you spent less than 30% of your time on that vessel, you could still be considered a Jones Act seaman. In order to fully understand if you are covered under the Jones Act, you need to consult with a knowledgeable Texas maritime injury attorney. A skilled lawyer will be able to review your case, investigate the facts, and determine if the Jones Act applies to you.
Benefits of Being a Jones Act Seaman
If you are an offshore worker covered under the Jones Act, you may be eligible to receive compensation for maintenance and cure of on-the-job injuries. This federal law also allows you to pursue a lawsuit in either state or federal court against the negligent party that caused your work injury, such as another crewmember, captain, or ship owner for unseaworthiness. You also have a right to a jury trial as a Jones Act seaman.
Call a qualified maritime accident attorney today to determine if you are entitled to compensation for economic and non-economic damages such as past and future wages, unearned income, medical expenses, impairment, disfigurement, pain and suffering, and loss of enjoyment of life. Contact the Voss Law Firm at 888-614-7730 for a free legal evaluation, and get your offshore injury questions answered by attorney Bill Voss today.
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