The law also allows you to recover non-economic damages for an accident. You likely suffered physical pain and mental anguish because of your injuries, and you are entitled to money to make up for that suffering. You can also get money for physical disfigurement you’ve suffered, like scars and burns, and for physical impairment, such as the loss of your ability to perform certain activities. Certain close family members like spouses can even recover money for their personal emotional suffering when a loved one is injured.
The Jones Act is a really great law that protects workers on the high seas or workers who are on any kind of floating offshore rig, or who are working on a cargo ship, or a tanker ship.
Under the Jones Act, a seaman is allowed to sue his employer for either negligently causing his injuries or providing him with an unsafe workspace. Through this lawsuit, maritime employees are able to recover medical bills, lost earnings from the time they were unable to work, compensation for their physical pain and suffering, and more.
The Jones Act is a very worker-friendly law that allows you to replace all your wages, pay your medical bills and more after an accident. But it only applies to “seamen,” and there are specific rules about who is a seaman. So it pays to know who qualifies.
Today we’re talking about a powerful tool for injured workers: The Jones Act. If you work on a boat or other vessel, and were injured, this law can help you get compensation. But it doesn’t apply to every worker, so in this segment, we’re going to talk about who is covered under The Jones Act.
A workplace injury might be something small like a cut hand at a food prep station in a restaurant, or it could be something much bigger, like an injury at a chemical plant, refinery or offshore oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico. Other very serious injuries can include amputation from machinery or a traumatic brain injury from falling materials at a construction worksite.