Most employers in Louisiana are required by law to provide safe working environments for their employees and to provide workers’ compensation in the case of an accident. However, mariners aren’t covered under regular employment law. The Jones Act requires mariner employers to provide safe working environments for their employees, even when they’re working under maritime law.
How does the Jones Act protect mariners?
Under the Jones Act, mariner employers must provide safe working conditions for employees working on their vessels. If they don’t, their employees can sue them just like they would any other employer. Dangerous working conditions, insufficient training, and improper work equipment are common causes of maritime accidents. Mariners can even sue their companies if they’re assaulted by another mariner.
Anyone who works at least 30% of the time on a vessel is covered under the Jones Act. This typically involves transporting goods across bodies of water. If you’re a mariner who’s injured on the job, you can start by informing your supervisor about the incident. After that, you can fill out an accident report and seek medical treatment for your injuries. Once you’ve gathered your medical records, you can think about filing a lawsuit or settling with your employer out of court.
Should you hire an attorney during the process?
In some situations, work accidents can be difficult to prove. Your employer might try to argue that they weren’t at fault for the incident. If you suspect that you’ve got a legal battle ahead, you might want to hire an attorney as soon as possible. Hiring an attorney could greatly increase your chances of successfully receiving damages. Your attorney could help you either settle the matter out of court or take the issue to trial if your employer doesn’t want to pay out the damages.