People who work primarily on a seafaring vessel that’s underway are usually covered by the Jones Act if they are injured. This maritime law is meant to help protect workers from employers who try to skirt around the laws that cover people who aren’t out to sea.
The injuries that seamen face are very serious. One thing that can make these situations even more dire than they would be on the ground is that medical care isn’t usually readily available on the vessel. Most seafaring ships have only basic first aid available but any care beyond that would require that the Coast Guard comes to get the person to take them to the nearest hospital.
We know that many questions can come up regarding the Jones Act. For this reason, any seaman who suffers an injury while they’re underway should contact us to find out what options they have. We understand how difficult these situations are, and we’re here to help you.
One of the most important things that you can do when you’re injured out to sea is to get medical care as soon as possible. If your injury isn’t life-threatening, you may need to wait until the ship docks. Make sure you don’t put it off too long since there is a chance that lack of medical care could mean that the impacts are worse than they would have been with prompt treatment.
Healing might take a lot of energy for you. We’re here to help move your case through the legal system, so you can focus on getting better and trying to get back to work.