Workers injured at sea are afforded a special type of protection under federal law. The Jones Act provides maritime workers with the opportunity to seek out compensation for injuries that occur at sea. The lawyers at Raizner Slania have extensive experience handling cases filed under the Jones Act and a variety of other maritime law cases, including cases occurring in the U.S. as well as in foreign and international waters.
As a seaman, you are at special risk as you perform your work duties and you deserve to be provided the proper type of protection by your employers.
Common accidents that occur in offshore work include:
- Being struck by machinery or debris
- Slipping and falling on wet surfaces
- Falling from high work areas
- Having extremities caught in or being crushed by heavy machinery
The Jones Act
The Jones Act applies specifically to seamen and is construed more liberally than workers compensation laws. Under the Jones Act, the employer is liable for any injury arising from the negligence of any officer, agent, or employee of the employer or arising from any defect or insufficiency of equipment due to negligence of the employer. An injured seaman may be able to recover compensation for lost wages, compensation for future economic loss, pain and suffering, mental anguish, disfigurement, and medical expenses.
Maritime injuries can easily be catastrophic and the injured party and their family often face issues such as decreased income, high medical costs, long-term care expenditures, or even funeral costs.
Frequent types of maritime injuries incurred are:
- Head trauma;
- Back injuries;
- Neck injuries;
- Shoulder injuries
- Knee and leg injuries
- Burns; and
No matter if your injury is a minor one, involving only a temporary lapse in work, or a catastrophic life changing event that requires long-term arrangements, the Jones Act and other federal statutes provide a way for you and your family to receive compensation for injuries sustained in your work. Employees injured due to negligence may recover medical expenses, pain and suffering, lost wages or loss of support for the family, and funeral expenses.
Workers’ Compensation for Those Working Onshore
While the Jones Act applies to “seamen” who spend the majority of their time working aboard vessels, the Longshore and Harbor Workers Compensation Act (LHWCA) was passed to help those workers who work primarily onshore and are injured.
The LHWCA applies to maritime workers such as:
– Dock workers
– Crane operators
– Ship repair workers
– Cargo handlers
Under the LHWCA, an injured worker is entitled to 2/3 of his/her average weekly pay while undergoing medical treatment, while a surviving spouse may receive half of the average weekly pay amount. If an injury occurs on the job, a worker is entitled to this compensation and an employer may face penalties if they refuse to pay.
Proven Maritime Injury Lawyers
Maritime law is a complex area of law that differs from other types of personal injury litigation. A claim for injuries sustained in a job for a maritime employer should not be trusted to just any personal injury lawyer. The lawyers at Raizner Slania have the knowledge and experience to handle your maritime injury case and can offer you sound advice in determining the compensation you deserve.