Who Is Protected by the Jones Act?
Employees who qualify as seamen are protected by the Jones Act. Generally, anyone who works or contributes his skill or trade to the operation of the boat, barge, ship, fishing boat, cruise ship, charter boat, casino ship, another type of vessel, or an offshore drilling rig, can be referred to as a seaman.
However, to be considered a seaman for the medical and financial compensation afforded seamen under the Jones Act, you must possess the following qualities:
- You are involved in traditional maritime trades or non-maritime trades;
- You contribute a significant amount of your time to the ship, vessel, or fleet (usually 30%);
- Your work contributes to the main objective of the ship, vessel, or fleet; and
- Your ship, vessel, or fleet is in navigation.
If you meet the above criteria, then you may be able to file a claim and pursue compensation under the Jones Act. You can consult a highly-skilled personal injury attorney to discuss the most beneficial option available to you. I am here to help.
Why You Need an Experienced Attorney
Seamen can be involved in a number of accidents. These can include fires, explosions, slip and falls, engine room accidents, equipment failures, and more. In a perfect world, you’d file your claims and recover full and fair compensation from your employer right away. Unfortunately, your employer or their insurance company can turn down or delay your claims. Such instances include;
- You Jones Act claim was rejected.
- Your employer is arguing that the accident was your own fault.
- Your claim is being delayed.
- You’re receiving less compensation than you think you should.
Having a knowledgeable Jones Act lawyer can make a huge difference in your case. If any of the above applies to your case, you should contact my law firm immediately.
I will investigate your case, carry out due diligence, and establish fault and liability. Also, I will determine your case value and develop a strong litigation strategy. I will represent your interest and seek to negotiate a fair settlement with the insurance company to cover your medical bills, property damage, future medical treatment, lost wages, and pain & suffering.
Even if you need to file a lawsuit, I will use my extensive knowledge and experience to protect your rights and represent you vigorously in court. Contact my office, Jose Orihuela, Attorney at Law, today for a free case evaluation on how to proceed with your Jones Act and seamen’s injury claims.