Understanding the Jones Act Law

Understanding the Jones Act Law

Jan 4, 2019 | Jones Act Lawyer

They are more than 1.2 million employed in the maritime industry. If you’re a seaman, you must be aware of the protections you may have under the Jones Act Law.

Do you know if you’re covered? Have you been injured working in the maritime industry?

In the article below, we’re answering your questions about the Jones Act Law. We want you to be confident in understanding the law.

What Is the Jones Act and Does It Apply to You?

There are many dangers out at sea and working on the ocean can be dangerous. For seamen that work offshore, there is the protective law the Jones Act, or the Merchant Marine Act of 1920.

It protects merchant marines who experience an injury on duty. Some exclusions apply for who is and isn’t under protection. It’s important to know the difference, especially if you work offshore.

Many positions like oil rigs expose workers to harsh conditions. Many conditions can be hazardous for workers’ health. The Jones Act also works to protect seamen who are ill.

If you’re ill because of your work offshore, you may have a case. For the most part, this is for workers that were on a floating vessel while on duty.

What to Do If You Experience an Injury at Work

Avoid the rookie mistakes. If experience an injury on the job, you need to go through the proper channels to report it. That includes:

  • Telling your boss
  • Documenting the incident
  • Visiting a doctor (Don’t forget to request a receipt. Also, a report of the injuries from a medical doctor is excellent documentation.)
  • Communicating with an attorney

Getting the most documentation on your incident and injuries is vital. Most incidents of injury on the job are because of negligence. Let’s take a look at what a negligent claim is.

Negligent Claims

Negligence claims can range from lack of protective gear to harsh working conditions. Companies must provide workers with gloves to handle any toxic chemicals. You should have the equipment and resources to do your job at all times.

Without proper gear, you can not do your job; thus, your employer is being negligent. Beyond providing proper gear, your employer can’t expose you to harmful conditions. At least, without gear or proper equipment.

This would be a lack of clean quarters or dirty work areas. If you’re a seaman who was near toxic material, you should consult a Jones Act attorney.

Our Services and Goals

Want more on information on the Jones Act Law? Contact us with your questions. You can also schedule an initial consultation with a Jones Act lawyer for free.

This will give you a better picture of whether you have a strong case. You’ll also be able to ask questions and learn about what documentation you need. Don’t let companies get away with negligence that are causing your injuries.

Let us help you get the compensation you deserve. You can use this for medical treatments or care to help you along your speedy recovery.