Employees covered under the workers’ compensation policy can collect benefits, regardless of fault. If they are injured, the employer is strictly liable. Workers’ compensation policies are also closely regulated by a state agency. The Jones Act is not regulated by any state or federal administrative body. However, claims or lawsuits can be filed in state or federal court. Suppose an injured worker is not receiving fair daily maintenance. In that case, an experienced maritime injury attorney can file a lawsuit and ask a judge to determine an amount to cover the employee’s cost of living, including rent, food, and other obligations. Each case is taken on an individual basis, and there are no set amounts defined under the workers’ compensation policy. Often the only way to protect an injured sailor’s rights to collect his maintenance and cure pension is to file a lawsuit.
THE DUTIES OF THE OWNER OR CHIEF OF A BOAT
Suppose an injury or accident was caused or was the consequence of an unsafe situation on board a ship. In that case, the injured party may be entitled to compensation with a poor seaworthiness claim. A shipowner is obliged to provide a ship in good seaworthy condition to all who are on board. This includes maintaining the total safety of the ship, as well as all its facilities and accessories. Maintaining a safe environment includes adequate manning, equipment, and supplies for the vessel. Proper manning implies the duty of having a properly trained crew. The vessel must be supplied according to job requirements, and the equipment must function safely. If any of these conditions are not met, and in any way contributed to your accident injury,
There is a long list of possible events and oversights that often lead to unnecessary injuries:
- Fall overboard
- Slippery decks
- Injury during boarding or departure from a platform or ship
- Ships or boats not suitable for sailing
- Changing loads
- Fall and elevation accidents
Injuries resulting from these events are often preventable and the direct consequence of negligent performance. If you have been injured or a loved one has died due to an accident, please call our offices as soon as possible. We will help you by informing you of your rights to claim damages and receive the best medical care.
PROTECTION OF THE RIGHTS OF SAILORS
We work aggressively to protect anyone who works at sea. We specialize in the Jones Act / Maritime Law and have recovered significant awards for:
- Drilling Equipment and Rigs Workers
- Jack-up rig workers and crews.
- Tankers, freighters and other crews at sea
- Offshore platform workers
- Barge workers and crew
If you work at sea or by sea as a regular part of your job, you are protected under the Maritime Law. Call us for a free consultation to discuss your injury and how we can help you secure adequate medical care and the compensation for damages that you deserve and need.
We will never charge you a fee until we win your case. Don’t jeopardize your right to collect the compensation you need and deserve by waiting to act. Call 24/7 For A Free Consult 1-888-984-1252.We’ll listen to your concerns, answer your questions, and make all the available options clear to you.