For seamen or maritime employees who are injured at work, workers’ compensation is not available. Instead, their work-related injuries are covered by the Jones Act, a federal law that makes the provisions of the Federal Employers Liability Act available to maritime employees. Lassiter Law of Houston, Texas understands the Jones Act and how it can help you if you’re a maritime employee who has been injured at work.
What Is a Jones Act Injury?
A Jones Act injury is any work-related injury a maritime employee suffers. A maritime employee is any person who works on a ship or vessel at sea for at least 30% of the time. This includes anyone from crew members to captains. The Jones Act requires a seagoing employer to “use ordinary care to maintain and keep the vessel on which the seaman works in a reasonably safe condition.” Failure to do so means that an injured employee can sue for negligence. If you’ve been hurt at sea, Lassiter Law of Houston, Texas is dedicated to defending your rights.
How Do I Begin the Process of a Personal Injury Lawsuit?
A Jones Act injury lawsuit may be filed in either a state or federal court. The statute of limitations for this kind of lawsuit is three years of the date of injury. However, you must report the injury to the captain or a supervisor within seven days. It is best to report the injury immediately. For documentation purposes, you must fill out an accident report and then seek medical help. This is crucial because if you don’t, the insurance companies will assume you were not hurt that badly. If you are severely injured, a Coast Guard helicopter should take you to an acute care hospital on land. Keep documentation of all medical records so that Lassiter Law can thoroughly evaluate your case.
What Type of Compensation Can I Expect for My Injuries?
An injured maritime employee can expect compensation that is similar to anyone who has sustained a personal injury at work on land. This includes medical expenses, lost wages and loss of future earnings, pain and suffering, and sometimes, even interest. So, if you’ve been hurt while working at sea, call Lassiter Law of Houston, Texas at (713) 489-1580 today. We will use our experience to fight for your rights.