Crew members on seagoing vessels assume dangerous jobs and risk serious injury while at sea—injuries that could take away their livelihood or permanently diminish their quality of life. Under the Jones Act, known as the Merchant Marine Act of 1920, seamen have certain legal rights that offer protection to the health and livelihood of maritime employees. The act entitles them, or their surviving spouse or dependents, to file a lawsuit against their employer when their fellow crew members or ship owner's negligence caused their injury or death.
Jones Act seaman, by law, are entitled maintenance and cure benefits. Even if you hire a maritime law attorney to pursue a lawsuit, you are still entitled to receive these benefits!
Many offshore companies try to set unrealistically low maintenance rates (as low as $30 per day!). By hiring an experienced injury attorney, you can help ensure this is raised to a more realistic number.
When you involve our firm, you can feel confident we will work to get you just compensation.
With hundreds of thousands of seaman working on barges, container ships, tugboats, crew boats, dredges, cargo ships, fishing vessels, and other moveable vessels, this statute was established to protect the U.S. merchant marine industry.
If you were injured while at sea, it is your right to seek compensation from your employer to protect your health, family, and livelihood.
If a loved one died while engaged in seagoing operations you may also be able to file a claim. A maritime lawyer at Arnold & Itkin can provide you with the experienced, compassionate support, and guidance you need. We are highly experienced and have a successful track record with maritime cases, having recovered billions of dollars in verdicts and settlements.
We represent workers along the Gulf Coast in Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama, as well as throughout all other states in the U.S., including Florida, California, New York, New Jersey, Washington, Oregon, and more. When you involve our firm, you can feel confident that we will work to get you just compensation.
Should it be proven that the ship owners, operators, or crewmembers were negligent or otherwise at fault for a maritime accident in any way, a Jones Act claim can be filed. In other circumstances, a claim can be made if the injured seamen can successfully prove that their injury was linked to an unsafe vessel.
In all situations, the owner of the ship has a legal responsibility to provide a safe working environment and proper training for the seamen. Should they not uphold this duty by ignoring a defect, inadequately maintaining the ship, or otherwise acting recklessly, and an injury results, a claim may be filed.
Paid crew members on United States vessels are covered by the Jones Act. Should they suffer from an injury, a seaman can file a claim for the following:
The expertise and experience of the crew is included within the definition of seaworthiness of the vessel. It is important to know who qualifies as a Jones Act seaman, what structures are considered to be Jones Act vessels, and what rights are protected.
Arnold & Itkin represented nearly a third of the crewmembers injured in the Deepwater Horizon explosion.
Because maritime law is so complex and so complicated, it is crucial that you work with an attorney who has an in-depth understanding of how it works and who has proven themselves in similar cases before.