If you are suffering from an injury you got working as a sailor, you may be unable to work for a certain period of time and lose wages. You might be wondering whether you will be entitled to receive financial compensation to help with the costs related to your injury.
The law differs substantially when it comes to the maritime industry in comparison to the rights of employees in other fields. This is why the process of seeking compensation for injured sailors can potentially be complicated. However, this should never be a reason to refrain from taking legal action. The Jones Act has legislation in place that protects ship employees and enables them to seek compensation after at-work injuries on a ship.
How can the Jones Act help me?
The Jones Act states that ship employees who get injured at work can sue their employers for their injuries and other damages. In order to file a claim under the Jones Act in the state of Louisiana, you must take action within three years of the injury. In addition, you must qualify as a seaman. This means that you need to show that you spent at least 30 percent of your working hours aboard a navigable ship.
If you want to pursue compensation for medical bills and lost wages after a maritime work injury, it is important that you understand your rights under the law. You must also make sure that you take swift action on the matter. If you wait too long, your claim will proscribe, i.e., the clock will run out on it. If that happens, you will no longer be able to pursue justice.