When you are a seaman and suffer an injury, the Jones Act can protect you against losses associated with that injury. This act may apply to your circumstances if you are a mariner.
It is worth looking at where and how you can apply it to your case.
Who does the Jones Act cover?
The Jones Act allows an injured mariner to sue their employer if they suffer an injury while onboard a vessel. It protects mariners who are part of the crew and does not apply to passengers. Although it is not specific about what a mariner or seaman is, the act covers those on both inland and seagoing vessels. This means it provides for most inland and offshore workers but does not cover dock workers.
The Jones Act applies to both small and large vessels, from massive cruise ships to tiny dive boats.
What does the Jones Act cover?
The Jones Act is there to help compensate workers for any negligent actions on the part of the vessel owner, covering injuries resulting from:
- Improper safety equipment
- Unsafe working conditions
- Unsafe orders
- Inadequate training
- Violations of regulations governing maritime operations
- Improperly crewed vessels
This law also covers other more specialized conditions, but these are the basics.
The Jones Act is in place to help you when worker’s compensation and other remedies do not apply. It can help you get compensation for your medical and living expenses until you recover.
Any maritime endeavor is inherently dangerous, leading to thousands of work-related injuries annually, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The Jones Act can help you recover if you suffer an injury due to negligence.