The Jones Act is a federal law that covers the obligations of ship owners to their crew members. The Jones Act requires compensation for eligible injuries suffered by a Jones Act seaman while on the job.
Who is covered under the Jones Act?
The Jones Act covers injuries suffered on vessels of all types, including, but not limited to:
- Cargo ships
- Offshore service vessels
- Cruise ships
- Fishing vessels
- Recreational vessels
The Jones Act applies to injuries that are sustained by seamen on the job. Common injuries include:
- Arm injuries
- Back injuries
- Hand injuries
- Head injuries
- Leg injuries
- Neck injuries
- Respiratory injuries
Injuries at sea can be serious due to the conditions involved. Such conditions include wet surfaces, bad weather, and rough seas as well as the presence of heavy equipment and cargo. These are not everyday hazards or workplaces, and victims need attorneys who understand the unique work environments.
In order to be classified a Jones Act seaman, you must satisfy a two-part test:
- An employee’s duties must contribute to the function of a vessel or the accomplishment of its mission; and
- A seaman must have a connection to a vessel in navigation (or to an identifiable group of such vessels) that is substantial in terms of both its duration and its nature.
The second prong of the above test is broken into two parts: 1) duration and 2) nature.
While the above test appears fairly simple, it is not and much litigation has taken place trying to answer this question for injured workers.
Why enlist Mainstay Law LLC?
Mainstay Law LLC represents clients under the Jones Act and understands the complex issues and nuances of it including, but not limited to the question of seaman status. The firm has the experience to properly assess your status. If you are classified as a Jones Act seaman, we are fully prepared to provide you the quality legal representation you deserve.
Mainstay Law LLC is fully capable of taking your case to trial. However, many people prefer to attempt to resolve their disputes through alternative dispute resolution (ADR) methods such as mediation, which can take away the fear and anxiety caused by the uncertainty of trial and leave you in control of the outcome of your case. Whether through mediation or trial, you can be rest assured that Mainstay Law LLC is looking out for your best interests.