Seaman Injuries – The Jones Act and Maritime Law
SEAMAN INJURIES – THE JONES ACT AND MARITIME LAW
Inland and off-shore maritime work is dangerous. The U.S. Congress recognized this danger and the need for the extra protections for maritime employees when it passed the Jones Act. If a seaman is injured or killed at work, he or she may be entitled to money compensation under maritime law and the Jones Act. An injured seaman may also be entitled to immediate payment of medical bills and maintenance payments.
Maritime law is very complex. Many seaman are not covered by a workers’ compensation system. That means an injured seaman will likely have to prove that his or her employer was at fault in causing the accident. If an employee can show that the employer was responsible for his or her injuries, the employee may be entitled to money damages for medical bills, lost wages, disability, and pain and suffering.
Our attorneys at Brown and Crouppen, P.C., in St. Louis have represented workers covered under the Jones Act and general maritime law for many years. We know the law and are experienced in fighting for the rights of maritime workers.
Maritime employers and their insurance companies’ are only concerned with minimizing the cost of your claim. They do not care whether you have been seriously hurt or whether you will miss work in the future. Their only goal is to pay you as little as possible for your injury.
We know how to fight for you. If you have been injured at work, contact the attorneys at Brown & Crouppen toll free at 800-536-4357 for your free legal consultation or use our click to chat or contact us form.