A professional mariner is one of the most dangerous professions one can engage in. Commercial vessels present unsafe working conditions which can quickly result in accidents and cause serious career ending, even life threatening, injuries. The Merchant Marine Act of 1920, commonly known as the Jones Act was passed by Congress in 1920 to protect the rights of seaman who have been injured or fallen ill while working onboard a vessel. The definition of a seamen included deckhands, officers, engineers, cooks, waiters, and other crewmembers who work onboard a commercial vessel.
If you or a loved one are injured while in the service of a commercial vessel, even if the vessel is docked, you may be entitled to protection and benefits under the Jones Act. The Jones Act gives injured seamen the right to bring claims against their employers for injuries sustained at sea. These claims include compensation for medical bills, lost wages, and other expenses.
If you are injured and cannot immediately return to work you may be entitled to maintenance and cure benefits until you have reached maximum medical improvement. Maintenance and cure means that a seaman’s employer has a duty to provide room and board and reasonable medical care for your injuries. An experienced maritime attorney can ensure you get the benefits you are entitled to.
If you or a loved one is injured while in the service of the vessel it is important that you notify your employer, seek immediate medical attention and contact an experienced maritime attorney to ensure you receive the compensation and benefits you deserve. The experienced maritime attorneys of Biggs & Gunst are former professional mariners. Our attorneys know firsthand dangers of a life at sea and will work to fight for you to ensure you receive the medical treatment and compensation you deserve.
If you or a loved one has been injured while acting in the service of a commercial vessel contact us immediately to discuss your rights.
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