Jones Act Claims Attorneys in Paducah
Pursuing Your Entitled Benefits After River Injuries
The Merchant Marine Act of 1920, more commonly known as the Jones Act, is a federal law that addresses maritime commercial activity in the United States. While the Jones Act covers many aspects of maritime commercial activity, one of its roles is to protect people who work on the water. These workers have traditionally been called seamen. It offers recourse for mates, deckhands, leadmen, captains, pilots, masters, engineers, cooks, and others who have been injured working on a towboat, tugboat, barge, work flat, or ship. This includes employees who make their living on the Mississippi, Ohio, Tennessee, Cumberland, and other inland rivers. If you’ve been injured in a river-related accident, you can count on our Jones Act claims attorneys in Paducah to help you file your claim and pursue your entitled benefits and damages. Katz Law works for river workers in our community and throughout the region and country. Brian S. Katz has been recognized as a SuperLawyer in the area of Transportation/Maritime, a testament to his skill, ability, and experience in this area of law.
Is the Jones Act a Form of Workers’ Comp?
Many people consider the Jones Act a type of workers’ compensation. It does offer benefits to injured workers. However, the mechanisms it uses to provide those benefits and the types of benefits provided are dramatically different than those under workers’ compensation law. Injured river workers have unique rights that may not apply to other lines of work. Most importantly, the Jones Act allows a seaman to sue his employer and recover full tort damages for his employer’s negligence. This is a dramatic departure from land-based claims, where an employer is immune from suit from its employees in exchange for providing workers’ compensation coverage.
Maintenance and Cure Benefits
Under the general maritime law, injured river workers are entitled to receive maintenance and cure benefits from their employer. Maintenance is essentially payment for room and board, and the day-to-day sustenance-level living expenses, for the employee who was hurt on the job. Cure refers to payment for medical costs associated with a work-related injury or illness suffered by someone working on a river. Maintenance and cure are payable to the injured river worker until he or she reaches maximum medical improvement. When cure is inappropriately terminated it is oftentimes a matter of dispute, and it is important to have a skilled attorney in your corner to make sure that you get all of the medical care you need to fully recover from your injury.
Call for our in-depth services today at (270) 778-0020. We’re here to listen to you in a one-on-one consultation so we can understand your needs and concerns. Your safety is of the utmost importance to our legal team.
Working with A Jones Act Attorney
Jones Act claims are very different from traditional workers’ compensation claims or regular state law-based tort claims. Most lawyers have never handled a Jones Act claim and are totally unfamiliar with them. It is vitally important that you hire an attorney who is experienced in handling Jones Act claims. Be a smart consumer of legal services and ask specific questions about experience with these types of claims and case results before entrusting your claim to an attorney. Do not assume that all lawyers who handle personal injury claims are familiar with the Jones Act, as most are not. Also, do not assume that all lawyers who include “River Injury” on their website actually handle those types of cases themselves. Ask questions, including for specific case results, to make sure the lawyer who claims to handle River Injuries truly has extensive experience handling these unique cases.
At Katz Law in Paducah, Kentucky, our lawyers have recovered millions of dollars for people who make their living working on and around the river. We have nearly 25 years’ history of success in Jones Act claims, maintenance and cure claims, and related maritime matters. We have the experience to get meaningful results in these complex cases, and we always start by offering a free consultation and case evaluation.
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