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Title 46 of U.S. Code §30104 allows an injured seaman to bring a civil action against his employer if the seaman was acting in the course of employment as a vessel crew member, if the employer was found to be negligent, and if the employer’s negligence was the cause of the seaman’s injuries. This is significantly different from a typical worker’s injury matter, where state workers’ compensation statutes generally prohibit employees from bringing lawsuits against employers for injuries caused by employer negligence.
If you have been injured while working as a crew member, you could have a damages claim under the Jones Act. Contact the Jones Act lawyers at Murphy Law Firm at (225) 269-4928. Our experienced team of personal injury attorneys will work hard to ensure that your injury claims are pursued aggressively.