Jones Act Accidents
Working on a ship or other type of boat can be a dangerous job. That’s one of the reasons why Congress passed the Jones Act in 1920: to protect those working on vessels. The Jones Act can also provide compensation to those who are injured due to someone else’s negligence while working on a boat.
Federal law states that an employer can be held liable for their own negligence, and for the negligent actions of other employees.
Here are some of the most common types of Jones Act accidents:
- Falling objects
- Slip and fall accidents
- Carbon monoxide poisoning
- Food poisoning
- Drowning/Near drowning
- Exposure to asbestos fibers/mesothelioma
Jones Act Injuries
In most cases, a Jones Act injury can be serious, and the use of heavy-duty equipment on a boat amplifies a worker’s risk of being injured. Some of the most common Jones Act injuries include:
- Back injury
- Hip injury
- Broken bones and fractures
- Nerve damage
- Severe burns
- Lung damage
- Brain damage
- Other severe injuries
Obtaining Compensation Under the Jones Act
The path to compensation for an injury that occurred on a vessel can be complex. Fortunately, an experienced Jones Act lawyer at Cellino & Barnes will know the act’s compensation rules, and they can help workers get the best result possible from a claim.
Whether a vessel is at sea, or still docked, boat workers can obtain compensation for various damages if they are injured, including:
- Lost Wages
- Medical Bills
- Standard of Life Loss
- Pain and Suffering
If you or a family member has been injured on a boat, your family may be entitled to compensation under the Jones Act. The Jones Act attorneys at Cellino & Barnes have helped many sailors, fisherman and crew members obtain compensation after an accident on a boat.
Contact one of our Jones Act lawyers today for a FREE case evaluation.