If you work in the maritime industry and you become injured while working on a ship, you will not be able to file for workers’ compensation as many other workers can. This is because workers’ compensation law is only applicable to those who work on the land. Therefore, you should make sure to understand the other laws that are in place to protect you financially.
The Jones Act is in place in the maritime industry, and it may help you gain compensation for the injuries that you suffered. However, you will have to show that negligence was present and that this negligence was the cause of your injury.
What is the Jones Act?
The principles of the Jones Act have been in place in some form or another since 1789. Its main purpose is to protect the maritime industry by requiring all domestic coastal trade to be conducted by American vessels with a mostly American crew.
In addition, the Jones Act provides compensation to workers on these American ships who were injured as a result of employer negligence. If the injured employee is successful in making an injury claim, he or she is likely to be able to receive financial compensation. This compensation should cover all the medical expenses that resulted from the injury, and it should also cover the lost wages that you suffered as a result of not being able to work during your recovery.