Working on any kind of boat can be a dangerous job.
The Jones Act was passed in the 1920s to help protect workers from suffering life-changing injuries on ships and other sea vessels. The Jones Act also provides compensation to some of those boat workers who are injured as the result of someone else’s negligence.
Under federal law, an employer can be held liable for their own negligence, and for any negligent actions of their employees.
Some of the most common types of Jones Act accidents in California include:
- Food poisoning
- Drowning/near drowning
- Falling objects
- Slip and fall accidents
- Carbon monoxide poisoning
- Exposure to asbestos fibers/mesothelioma
Common Jones Act Injuries
There are many injuries that can fall under the Jones Act, and any of them can be serious. Heavy-duty machinery used on boats often contributes to serious injuries, but accidents can occur anywhere. Some of the most common injuries covered by the Jones Act include:
- Broken bones and fractures
- Nerve damage
- Severe burns
- Lung damage
- Brain damage
- Back injury
- Hip injury
- Other severe injuries
Getting Compensation in California
The process of getting compensation from the Jones Act can be extremely complex, and having an experienced personal injury attorney on your side can make the process easier and less stressful. An experienced Jones Act lawyer at The Barnes Firm knows the rules and guidelines that govern how accident victims receive compensation under this law. Our team can help boat workers get the best results possible from an injury claim.
Whether your vessel was at sea or in port, workers can get compensation for injuries, which covers:
- Medical bills
- Lost wages
- Standard of life loss
- Pain and suffering
If you or a loved one has been hurt on a boat, your family could receive financial compensation under the Jones Act. The Barnes Firm has helped many sailors, fisherman, and other crew members get fair compensation after suffering an injury on the job in the California area.
Contact a Jones Act lawyer today for a FREE case evaluation!