Protecting The Rights Of Seamen Under The Jones Act
Crew members who meet the “seaman status” requirements under U.S. admiralty law are afforded special rights and remedies, unlike other workers. One of the most important distinctions between a seaman and all other employees is that a shoreside employee is generally barred from suing their employer, with rights and recovery limited to what is available under their state’s workers’ compensation laws. On the other hand, one who qualifies for “seaman status” may sue their employer under a federal statute called the “Jones Act.”
Legal Assistance For Injured Seamen
Jones Act seamen possess the unique right to bring various other claims not available to shoreside employees, such as:
- Strict liability claims for unseaworthiness against a yacht or shipowner, regardless of the owner’s awareness of the dangerous condition
- Claims for maintenance and cure when employees have been injured or fallen ill while on duty aboard the vessel (regardless of fault)
- All aspects related to unearned wages and earned wages
- Wrongful discharge from employment and breach of contract
Jones Act seamen have these and other special rights to recognize the perils and hazards associated with their shipboard duties. Each of these claims requires proof of specific elements. However, failure to prove even one factor can result in the dismissal of your entire claim, and you will not get compensation for your injuries.
The lawyers at have 40 years of experience working with Jones Act seamen’s claims. We know what needs to be proven and how to prove it.
Contact The Knowledgeable Legal Advisers You Need To File Your Claim
If you have been injured on the job and believe you may qualify for seaman’s status, call 888-976-3759 or email us. Let us help you protect your unique rights and get you the compensation you deserve.