The Jones Act covers a variety of different things involving maritime law, including the types of ships that are allowed to shore and other ship related situations. It also covers injuries to people who are working on ships. According to Cornell University, part of the Jones Act states:
“Any sailor who shall suffer personal injury in the course of his employment may, at his election, maintain an action for damages at law, with the right to trial by jury, and in such an action all statutes of the United States modifying or extending the common-law right or remedy in cases of personal injury to railway employees shall apply.” (Jones Act)
That includes a great deal of legal information designed to explain that if someone is working on a ship and they are injured, they can then pursue a case against their employer. The Jones Act is a part if the Federal Employer’s Liability Act designed to protect workers of any type.
Through this act, anyone who is injured can actually bring action in federal or state court depending on the case. They are also given the right to a jury trial if they should prefer one.
Maritime injuries can range from minor to severe, but they are often serious enough to warrant medical bills, lost wages, and a variety of other expenses. The injuries can become very expensive very quickly.
If you have been injured in a maritime situation, then contact the offices of Thompson Wedeking for a free evaluation of your case.