Jones Act FAQs

Seaman Accident FAQ The Jones Act, also known as the Merchant Marine Act of 1920, regulates the order and operation of commercial ships and transportation in United States waters. It is a federal statute. However, a Jones Act claim can be brought in state courts and federal courts. Due to this fact, both state and federal judges can impact the way that it is interpreted and carried out.

The Jones Act provides a right of relief for working seamen and is therefore critical for the recovery and compensation of workers. Relief is crucial because sailors can suffer from any number of harms. Physical injuries are obvious; seamen work in tight confines next to dangerous tools. Yet, physical injuries can also translate into mental damage as well. Finally, all of these wounds can alter the long-term quality of life for victims. These are all recoverable under the Jones Act.

A number of common questions normally arise in regards to the Jones Act. When we work with injured sailors, we prefer to begin by walking through the important components of the law. Then, we explain how this injury can take shape in a specific claim for damages. We can corral all the resources necessary to bring a lawsuit to state or federal court, fight aggressively there, and make sure that you receive what you should for your losses. You deserve compensation for your injuries and a law firm that can ensure that you receive it. The following resources walk you through some core aspects of Jones Act claims.

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