Getting compensation for a work injury under the Jones Act requires your job to be based on a ship, boat, or other waterborne vessel.
Federal law says you must be a “seaman,” which means:
In addition to proving that you are officially a “seaman” for a Jones Act claim, you’ll also need to show you were on the right kind of vessel.
That can include many things, including fishing boats, floating rigs, barges, and even riverboat casinos.
And, then, unlike a typical workers’ comp claim, you’ll need to prove that negligence of your employer led to your accident. Regular workers’ comp doesn’t factor in negligence.
You’ll present evidence that your employer failed to provide safe working conditions, equipment, and training.
Make sure you and your family are taken care of financially after you’re hurt doing your job.
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When you make a maritime injury workers’ compensation claim under the Jones Act, you could be paid for:
The fact that you could get compensation for your pain and suffering is a big difference between a Jones Act claim and a workers’ comp claim.
Workers’ comp doesn’t include pain and suffering. Determining the dollar cost of your pain and suffering is a complicated legal process that’s part of personal injury law, not workers comp.
Your case is unique to you, and the compensation you get will depend on the facts of your particular situation.
But you should know this: because it’s a personal injury claim, a Jones Act claim can be a valuable way to secure a better life after an injury on the water.Call Us Today! »