What is the Jones Act?
Maritime workers face a large on-the-job injury risk. The Jones Act serves to protect maritime workers from the inherent dangers of their job and ensure they receive proper compensation for injuries sustained due to the negligence of their employers or co-workers.
There are many general negligence causes that can take place aboard a vessel, such as:
- The negligence of other crew members
- Lack of safety training
- Lack of medical treatment
- Lack of safety equipment
- Unsafe working surfaces
- Faulty or Defective Equipment
A vessel’s owner also must provide adequate medical care, or else be held liable. All workers are entitled to “maintenance and cure” from vessel owners. This means that the owners owe injured workers a daily allowance similar to what they would have been making before the injury. Owners are also responsible for providing medical care, including surgeries, rehabilitation or hospitalization.
Additionally, the unseaworthiness of a vessel may be grounds of compensation under The Jones Act. Unseaworthiness is when a vessel or any of its parts or machinery is not reasonably fit for its intended use. It can also mean that the vessel’s crew is not reasonably competent or skilled to perform their assigned work.
How do I get started with my Jones Act case?
At The Law Firm of Tilton & Tilton, located in Houston, Texas, our attorneys have years of Jones Act litigation experience in representing clients for injuries they have sustained while overseas. We have covered these types of cases:
- Crab Boats
- Tug and Tow Boats
- Oil Rigs
- Cargo and Container Ships
- Ferries and Fishing Vessels
- Equipment Injuries (I.e., Cranes, Trenches, Forklifts, etc.)
If you’ve received injuries aboard, you are eligible to receive compensation under The Jones Act. Contact The Law Firm of Tilton and Tilton to speak with Michael Tilton immediately regarding your overseas injury. Call (713) 774-8600 for your free consultation with one of our Jones Act litigation attorneys. You pay us nothing to get started. We take no money from you unless we recover for you, and we take our payment from what we recover, not from you directly. There’s nothing to lose, and a lot to gain.