The Jones Act protects the rights and provides compensation for individuals who work on ships or vessels. Unlike workers' compensation, where negligence does not need to be shown, The Jones Act requires that negligence caused your injuries in order for you to recover.
If you are a worker, or crewman, on a boat or vessel, and you have been injured while working, then you may be able to sue your employer for the cost of your medical bills, referred to as "cure," as well as a daily allowance to replace daily wages lost during recovery, referred to as "maintenance."
The Jones Act covers crewmen who are employed on many different oceanic and riverboats and vessels, such as:
- Drill Ships
- Tug Boats
- Floating Cranes
- Cruise Ships
- Fishing Vessels
- Construction Barges
- Cargo Ships
- Diving Vessels
- Recreational Boats
- Drilling Rigs
There are many different factors that can affect your claim, such as the statute of limitations and how far out at sea you were when the injury occurred. Jones Act claims can be very difficult, and it is important that you contact one of the Alabama Jones Act attorneys at Long & Long if you believe that you have a claim against your employer. Our Jones Act lawyers will evaluate your claim for free and help you receive the compensation you deserve for your maritime injuries, the work you have lost, and the medical bills you are paying.
Fill out the form on this page or call Long & Long at (251) 432-2277 for a free consultation to discuss your maritime injury case.