Admiralty and Maritime Law
The Jones Act provides protection to persons who are members of the crew
of a vessel. This law applies to inland river workers, as well as offshore
workers, who work on jackups, semi-submersibles, lay barges, drill ship
(or other floating movable structures), tugs/towboats, crew boats, tankers,
cargo ships, fishing vessels, chemical ships, research vessels, diving
vessels and cruise and recreational ships.
These cases often result in substantial settlements involving complex admiralty
and maritime laws. To protect your rights to compensation under the Jones
Act, you should consult one of the experienced attorneys at McGlynn, Glisson
and Mouton early in your case.
What You Need to Know
Don’t make the mistake of thinking a Maritime Law case is a workers’
compensation case. Workers’ compensation cases apply to state laws with relatively
small cash settlements. The Jones Act is a federal law involving very
high cash settlements if the slightest negligence is involved. Injured
workers who could be covered under this law should be careful about filing
claims under workers’ compensation or the Longshoremen-Harbor Workers’
Act. It is possible to lose rights if the worker elects benefits under
other laws. If you have mistakenly made a claim under the wrong law, call
us immediately to see if we can put things right.
The employer’s primary goal is to minimize losses – not to protect injured workers’ rights to full compensation.
Some employers will attempt to discourage workers from obtaining information
about their legal rights and will try to get workers to file claims under
workers’ compensation instead of the Jones Act. If an employer is
unwilling to fairly compensate you under the Jones Act, you should consult
us about filing a lawsuit in federal district court seeking damages (though
most cases are settled prior to trial).
You need to seek legal counsel today to exercise your right to compensation under the Jones Act. Strict time
deadlines may prevent you from bringing your claim if not met. You may
have one to three years to file a lawsuit, depending on where the accident
occurred and which law applies. To preserve certain claims, you may need
to take steps even before the first anniversary of your accident.
If you’ve been hurt offshore, call us today for the strong representation
you need to recover full compensation for your injuries.