Understand And Assert Your Rights Under The Jones Act
Being a professional mariner is one of the most dangerous professions in the world. Commercial vessels present unsafe working conditions that can quickly result in accidents and cause serious career-ending and 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 seamen who have been injured or fallen ill while working on board a vessel. The definition of a seamen includes deckhands, officers, engineers, cooks, waiters and other crew members who work on board a commercial vessel.
If you or a loved one has been injured while in the service of a commercial vessel, even if the vessel was 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 suffered 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 your employer has a duty to provide room on board and reasonable medical care for your injuries. An experienced maritime attorney can ensure that you get the benefits to which you are entitled.
If you or a loved one has been 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 that you receive the compensation and benefits you deserve.
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The experienced maritime attorneys of Biggs & Gunst P.C. Attorneys At Law are former professional mariners. Our attorneys know firsthand the dangers of a life at sea and will work to fight for you to ensure that you receive the medical treatment and compensation you deserve.