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The Jones Act may give you a right to sue

The Jones Act is a federal law. It regulates maritime commerce and how the goods coming into or leaving U.S. ports are transported. The act requires all items shipped between ports in the United States to be on ships that are built, operated and owned by permanent residents or citizens of the United States.

Thanks to the Jones Act, seamen who are injured during their time working at sea or in maritime employment can sue their employers for negligence damages. The Jones Act requires all maritime employers to guarantee their seamen a safe place to work.

What are examples of unsafe working conditions that could lead to a claim?

Some examples of unsafe working conditions include:

  • Poorly maintained equipment
  • Failing to provide the right equipment to the crew
  • Crew member assault by another crew member
  • Insufficient training of the crew or captain
  • Having oily or slick substances on a ship's deck

What happens after you get hurt on a boat or while at work?

After you get hurt, you may want to talk to your attorney about the unsafe working conditions you experienced. For example, if you want to claim that you didn't have the right equipment, it would be a good idea to have pictures or a record of the equipment you do have as well as the equipment that you should have had. You want to build up your case so that it's easy for you to file a claim with strong evidence of your employer's wrongdoing. The Jones Act does give you a right to pursue compensation, and a strong case will give you the best chance of success.

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