The Jones Act defines the legal rights of sailors who are injured or killed in the course of their maritime duties and allows them or their survivors to sue their employer in situations where their shipmaster or fellow workers were negligent. The Jones Act goes above and beyond general maritime law and recognizes the special risks taken by seamen.
The Jones Act is a highly complex law and not everyone who works on a marine vessel is considered a seamen. If you have been injured offshore, it is imperative that you work with legal counsel who has a solid grasp of maritime law and the Jones Act. Talk to us about your unique situation and learn what your rights are.