Standing Up For Injured Seamen’s Rights
General maritime law and a Federal statute known as the Jones Act (46 U.S.C. sec.688 et seq.) gives injured seamen the right to seek compensation for their workplace injuries. Other injuries on the water, for example, cases involving passengers on cruise ships and on catamaran tours, are governed by State tort law and maritime law. However, recovering fair compensation is not always easy.
At Law Offices of Jan M. Weinberg, we have successfully represented numerous clients in maritime law cases and Jones Act cases. We will aggressively represent your case to a just settlement or through trial.
How Can Seamen Recover Compensation Under The Jones Act?
To recover under the Jones Act, a seaman injured in the course of performing his job must prove that negligence was responsible for severe personal injuries. The Jones Act is more favorable to seamen than the law is for victims of other accidents, as the standard to prove negligence and cause of injury under the Jones Act is much broader.
Negligence includes, for example:
- Failure to provide a safe workplace
- Failure to maintain equipment in a safe condition or having defective equipment
- Incompetent crew
- Failure to inspect
- Inadequate training
- Inadequate safety equipment
- Failure to warn of dangerous conditions
To learn whether you qualify for compensation under the Jones Act, contact Law Offices of Jan M. Weinberg. In a free initial consultation, we can answer your questions and discuss your case in detail.
Time Limits For Filing A Jones Act Claim
The Jones Act requires that suit be filed within three years. The statute of limitations of three years under the Jones Act does not apply if the employer is a governmental entity. The statute of limitations is two years or even less. If you have been injured as a seaman while at work, call us as soon as possible so that we can act quickly to fully protect your rights.
Are You An Injured Seaman? Stand Up For Your Rights.
Schedule a free initial consultation at the Honolulu law firm of Law Offices of Jan M. Weinberg. You will not pay any legal fees unless we recover compensation for you. Call our office at 808-796-5706 or send an email today.