Baton Rouge Jones Act Claims
Experienced Representation for Maritime and Offshore Injuries
If you have been hurt in a work-related injury, it might not matter to you whether you work on land or on a boat; you probably just want to get better and be compensated fairly for your injuries. Although it might not matter to you, whether you work on land or in the water is a very important legal consideration. The Jones Act is an important law that provides a great benefit for injured workers — but only those injured as part of their work as seamen.
At Murphy Law Firm, LLC, we represent maritime workers injured in work-related injuries. Our Jones Act claims attorneys take great pride in helping injured captains, roughnecks, cooks and other Jones Act workers obtain the full compensation for their injuries.
”Don’t be a victim twice. After a maritime injury, the maritime employer and the insurance company have a lot to lose, so they will fight to keep from paying you adequately for the full extent of your injuries. I started this law firm to help protect the rights of injured clients. Our lawyers are here to help you.” ∙ Attorney Peyton Murphy ∙ Contact Murphy Law Firm, LLC.
The Jones Act Basics ∙ Individual Personal Injury Claims for Injured Seamen
The Jones Act (The Merchant Marine Act of 1920) is a body of federal legislation that regulates maritime commerce. The Jones Act provides a tremendous benefit to maritime employees who are covered by the act.
Compensation for Injured Seamen Under the Jones Act
The Jones Act essentially opens the possibility for injured seamen of maritime vessels to bring civil claims for damages resulting from employer negligence or unseaworthiness of the ship. Workers’ compensation does not allow this type of civil suit, so this is a tremendous advantage for captains, pilots, deckhands, seamen, tankermen and other maritime/offshore employees who qualify.
Qualifying as a Seaman
To qualify for Jones Act litigation, an injured party must be considered a “seaman” by the provisions of the Jones Act itself, which requires, among other things, that:
- The injured party is a crew member of a qualifying “vessel” or assigned to a fleet of vessels on “navigable waters.”
- The injured party’s work must contribute to the function or mission of the vessel.
- The injured party’s connection with the vessel must be substantial in duration and nature.
Compensation Under the Jones Act
If you do fall under the Jones Act, you might be able to obtain compensation for maintenance and cure, which is room and board during the duration of the injury and medical expenses, respectively. In addition, injured seamen can bring “unseaworthiness” claims. The vessel and all of its related machinery and equipment need to be reasonably safe for their intended uses. Examples of unseaworthiness can range from improperly maintained equipment and a cluttered or slippery deck to an inadequate crew for the job at hand. If the vessel was in any way unseaworthy, we can fight to obtain compensation for:
- Medical bills
- Lost wages
- Pain and suffering
- Mental anguish
Our attorneys have the experience and knowledge to help you determine whether you qualify for a Jones Act claim and to help you fight for the full compensation that you deserve.
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Free Consultations ∙ No Attorney Fees Unless We Win
Jones Act and other maritime injury claims can be complicated. Call 225-928-8800 in Louisiana or contact Murphy Law Firm, LLC online to schedule your free initial consultation with an attorney from our firm. We can help you understand your rights and options, and we can help you obtain the compensation you need.