Jones Act Leads to Calmer Seas for Injured Sailors
Before the Jones Act, injured seamen sometimes faced stormy waters. Created to provide smoother sailing when it comes to compensation, the Jones Act is a federal law meant to ensure that all seamen's injuries throughout the nation would be guided by the same liability standards. In addition to the employer, a seaman can file suit against a vessel's owner claiming the vessel was unseaworthy.
For all its good intentions, however, the Jones Act requires seamen prove their injury was the result of negligence by the vessel's owners, operators, officers, or co-workers or by a defect in the vessel or its equipment. Without an experienced attorney, proving negligence can be a daunting task. Don't go it alone.
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