Working offshore is an exciting and rewarding career, but the dangers associated with the job are real. With an ever-changing environment, offshore personal injury accidents can happen at any time. If you’ve been injured in an offshore injury, consult a maritime lawyer immediately.
What Qualifies as an Offshore Injury?
A key element to qualifying for a Jones Act case is that the injured person must be classified as a seaman. If you are a seaman, you must have been injured under these circumstances:
- The vessel the seaman is on must have been in navigation or docked at the time of the injury.
- There must be a relatively permanent connection between you and either a single vessel, or a group of vessels under common ownership.
- The injured seaman must have been aboard the vessel primarily to perform duties outlined under his employment and those duties must have contributed to a primary function of the vessel or the accomplishment of a mission. The court does not evaluate the worker’s connection to a vessel or a fleet at just the moment of injury, but instead evaluates a seaman’s relationship to a vessel or a fleet as if that seaman were to have completed the mission uninjured.
If you were injured on a vessel, it is crucial to see a doctor as soon as possible. A medical expert can diagnose and treat your condition, aiding in your recovery. Further, the documentation offered by your physician will serve as valuable evidence in your case.
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What Is the Jones Act?
The Jones Act (originally called the Merchant Marine Act of 1920 and sometimes referred to as the Death on the High Seas Act) provides injured seamen with the right to bring legal action against the employer for damages resulting from his or her injuries on the vessel.
You may qualify for the following damages:
- Past and future medical care cost
- Shelter and living expenses that you would have received if you would have continued your service on the ship
- Lost wages
- Diminished earning capacity
- Pain and suffering
- Other intangible damages
If you decide to file a Jones Act against a shipowner, you can collaborate with a skilled offshore injury attorney. A legal expert can help you build a strong case against the at-fault party. Further, a lawyer can help you navigate the often turbulent waters of offshore injury lawsuits.
While all maritime workers may take legal action following a job-related injury, not all are covered by Jones Act, as the Act was specifically designed for qualifying seamen. If you are unsure whether or not you qualify, contact a lawyer for further information.
Hire a Jones Act Maritime Lawyer
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The offshore injury lawyers at Morris Bart, LLC are experienced in handling cases involving offshore injuries and accidents involving the Jones Act.
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