At Cueria Law Firm, our Louisiana Jones Act lawyer has vast experience in handling cases involving maritime injuries. When it comes to working in the maritime industry, the employment positions come with a high-risk of injury or death. Large equipment and heavy loads are dealt with on a large vessel which can be dangerous within itself, not to mention the difficult conditions on the water that can lead to even more risk. When you suffer an injury while working as a seaman, it is important to know your legal rights and understand if the Jones Act applies to your case.
What is the Jones Act in Louisiana?
The Jones Act is a federal statute that was enacted to help maintain and govern the maritime commerce that is transported from ports in the United States. General regulations are included in the Jones Act along with provisions for employees. With protection under admiralty law, a US citizen working in the maritime industry who is injured due to the negligence of a vessel or company, can file a claim based on the Jones Act. The goal of the Act was to ensure that seamen receive just compensation for injuries that occur out on open water.
What Are My Legal Rights Under the Jones Act?
The Jones Act will provide qualifying seamen with the option to seek compensation after an illness was developed or an injury occurred while on a vessel. Compensation can be sought for any injury that takes place based on the negligence of the owner of the ship, operator or another employee on board. The vessel owner must ensure safe operation of the ship as well as the maintenance of equipment used.
Seamen Rights Under the Jones Act Include:
- Right to a safe work environment
- Right to a legal claim based on injury caused by negligence
- Right to compensation related to the illness or injury; known as maintenance and cure
- Right to compensation if the vessel is found to be unseaworthy; also includes crew
- Right to punitive damages if payment of maintenance and cure is wrongfully refused
Should I Get A Jones Act Lawyer?
Have you or a loved one been injured while working as a deckhand, fisherman, or diver? If so, you should have a Jones Act lawyer working for you. The Jones Act lawyers at our firm know how to fight for your rights, and protect you from your employer and their insurance companies. Our lawyers understand the Jones Act law, we know what you deserve, are entitled to and what your employer is required by law to provide. Jones Act claims are unique claims that require the special expertise of a Jones Act lawyer.
What Should I Expect for Compensation and Benefits?
Jones Act lawsuits are not the same as a regular worker’s compensation claim. Having an advocate who knows the law and is skilled in representing individuals with these types of cases is essential. An injured seaman under the Jones Act is entitled to compensation for all of their losses and expenses. This means that you are entitled to money for pain and suffering, medical expenses, lost wages. You are also entitled to maintenance and cure from your employer. That is an additional benefit, not ordinarily available to someone with a worker’s compensation claim. An experienced Jones Act lawyer can explain what you are entitled to and fight to make sure you receive everything you deserve.
Settlements involving the Jones Act can include compensation that covers the following:
- Medical care
- Physical pain, disfigurement or suffering
- Mental anguish
- Lost wages
- Loss of future earnings
- Cost of living during the recovery process
Let Us Fight For You
If you would like to speak to a highly skilled Jones Act lawyer today, please contact Cueria Law Firm, LLC. You can schedule a free consultation, and learn about the individual rights you have as an injured Jones Act seaman. A Jones Act lawyer who is knowledgeable and experienced with these types of claims will advocate for your rights. They will fight for the compensation and benefits your employer is required by law to give you. We want to make sure you get the maximum amount that you deserve.