What is the Jones Act?

The Jones Act was enacted in 1920 as a remedy to seaman who were injured or died as a result of the negligence of an owner, master, or fellow sailor of a vessel.

Definition of a Seaman

A seaman is defined as a person who is a shipmaster or a crew member.  To be considered a seaman you must be: 1) permanently connected with a vessel or fleet of vessels; 2) in navigation at the time of your accident; and 3) performing duties aboard the vessel necessary to the operation of the vessel or a mission being carried out by the vessel.

According to the Jones Act “any sailor who shall suffer personal injury in the course of his employment may, at his election, maintain an action for damages at law, with the right to trial by jury, and in such action all statutes of the United States modifying or extending the common-law right or remedy in cases of personal injury to railway employees shall apply…”  Under the Act, seamen are able to bring claims of unseaworthiness or negligence against ship owners.

Jones Act Compensation

Seamen are entitled to maintenance and cure under the act.  An injured seaman might also be able to obtain compensation for lost wages, medical bills, diminished earning capacity, pain and suffering, permanent disability, and diminished quality of life.

If you or a loved one has been injured while working as a seaman, it is important that you contact an attorney who is experienced with these types of cases.  The Jones Act Lawyer at Cueria Law Firm, L.L.C., has successfully handled numerous Jones Act Cases obtaining million dollar verdicts.  Our firm will make sure you and your loved ones get the justice and compensation you deserve.

Contact our New Orleans office today at (504) 525-5211.