The Jones Act provides important protections for seaman injured on the job. Injured seaman may be unable to work and may suffer extensive injuries and medical expenses which is why the need to be familiar with the protections the Jones Act affords.
Protections for employees
Employees at sea may be protected under the Jones Act in circumstances including in circumstances when they are injured because of:
- Insufficient training of captain or crew;
- Poorly maintained equipment;
- Oil or other slippery substances on the ship’s deck;
- Assault by a fellow crew member; and
- There has been a failure to provide crewmembers with proper equipment
Injured seaman may be able to receive compensation for their medical expenses, including medical expenses that result from their injuries suffered and the treatment and care they need for those injuries.
Lost earning capacity
Injured seaman may be able to receive compensation for lost-earning capacity for the earnings they have lost out on because of their injuries.
Pain and suffering
Injured seaman may be able to receive compensation for their pain and suffering damages that arise from the emotional toll and trauma of the harm they have suffered.
Injured seaman may be able to receive compensation for the amount of money their judgment would have earned from the time the injured seaman was entitled to it.
Injured seaman may be able to receive compensation for the value of the room and board they would have received had they been able to remain out at sea if they had not been injured.
There are certain specific requirements injured maritime workers must meet to qualify for important Jones Act protections that they should be familiar with. Jones Act protections can be vital for injured seaman and their families during a difficult time.