Why You Need a Jones Act Lawyer

If you are working on a boat or any type of sea vessel and you suffer an injury, you may be able to make a claim for damages under the Jones Act. The Jones Act is a federal law that essentially creates a different workers compensation system for “seamen” than the system that applies to individuals in other professions. It can be more difficult to get a settlement or to be awarded damages under the rules of the Jones Act than it is to get compensation for work injuries under workers compensation, so having a Jones Act lawyer to represent you after you are injured is essential.

Who Needs a Jones Act Lawyer?

Anyone who suffers an injury while working on a boat or sea/ocean vessel and who is covered under the Jones Act should consider hiring a Jones Act attorney. The Jones Act establishes the limits of its coverage in 26 U.S.C. 1010(3), specifying that it applies to “seamen.”

Seaman are subsequently defined in the Act as individuals engaged employed on a sea/ocean vessel, or engaged in any type of work on board a vessel. In addition to those engage in traditional maritime work, others affiliated with the sea vessel may also be covered, including those engaged in offshore drilling. However, while this definition is broad, there are some limited exceptions to who is covered.

If you believe or suspect that you might be covered under the Jones Act, then you need to speak with a Jones Act lawyer. Your lawyer can help you to determine if the Act applies to you and, if so, can help you to comply with all requirements associated with making your claim, including the requirement that you file your claim within the three-year statute of limitations.

Why You Need a Lawyer

If you are injured and clearly covered under the Jones Act, you may wonder whether you really need a lawyer or whether you should try to settle or resolve your case yourself. The answer, in almost every case, is that you need a Jones Act lawyer.

There are many reasons why you need a Jones Act lawyer, the most important of which is that you must prove negligence if you wish to recover for your injuries under Jones Act rules. This is a departure from traditional worker’s compensation rules, which provide protection to anyone injured on the job whether there was negligence on the part of the employer or not.

The fact that you need to prove negligence means that you must gather evidence and build a strong case showing fault. Evidence collection and presentation has to follow all procedure rules and it must be sufficiently convincing to meet the plaintiff’s burden of proving the negligence existed. For most individuals, collecting this evidence becomes a major challenge and knowing how to present it is next to impossible. A Jones Act lawyer can help you to avoid the stress while also making sure you have the evidence you need to prove your claim and get the compensation you deserve.

Let Us Help You

No matter where you live, the lawyers and attorneys at the Ogletree Abbott Law Firm can help you get the help you need. If you would like, a lawyer or an attorney can contact you to answer your questions. There is no obligation and the initial phone call is always free of charge. Call toll free 1 800 Jones Act (1-800-566-3722). You may send us an email. Call today and let us help you answer any questions you have about reporting injuries to your employer.