Maritime Accidents & Jones Act Claims
When an accident occurs at sea involving a ship or other vessel, and one
or more crewmembers are injured on the job, they have the right to be
compensated by their employer under the Merchant Marine Act of 1920. This
act is better known as the Jones Act and was enacted to protect seamen
and other crewmembers from inherent dangers of their profession and provide
a means of compensation for injuries in the event of an accident.
Who is covered under the Jones Act?
In order to be eligible for compensation under the Jones Act, an individual
must be established as a crewmember before the accident occurs. They may
also be eligible for accidents that occur in port as long as they are
aboard the vessel and are on duty at the time of the accident. Under the
Merchant Marine Act of 1920, all medical expenses and lost wages should
be covered by their employer's insurance. If you are a crewmember
of a ship, whether it is a barge, a cruise ship, or even a merchant aircraft
traveling overseas, you should come to understand your rights under the
Jones Act and fight for them in the event of an accident and injury. Contact
Alpizar Law, LLC today to learn what a
Brevard County personal injury lawyer can do for you. Our office is conveniently located in the Florida city of
Contact a Brevard County personal injury lawyer!
45 years of combined experience in
personal injury, our attorneys have the insight and experience to provide you with your
best chance for a just and fair recovery for your case. We take the time
to answer each of our clients' questions and will fight tirelessly
for the compensation you deserve. Our team also has a detailed knowledge
of the Jones Act in order to skillfully handle your case, so don't
wait to contact us and discuss your options. We handle maritime injury
claims for clients from Melbourne, Palm Bay and throughout Brevard County, and
initial case evaluation is free.