Deckhands and crewmen injured in an accident on a vessel may be entitled to compensation under the Jones Act and general maritime law. The Jones Act recognizes the dangers posed by maritime work and the high rate of injury among seaman. Even slight negligence by an employer which contributes to a seaman’s injury can support a Jones Act claim.
Workers who have received a deckhand injury in a ship accident should seek the counsel of an experienced Jones Act maritime lawyer for a review of all avenues of compensation, which may include three legal avenues: the principle of maintenance and cure, the doctrine of unseaworthiness, and the Jones Act.
As with most cases regarding compensation for an injury endured on the job, there is a time limit to file your claim. Do not delay. Contact a maritime attorney with Burwell Nebout to review your claim and begin protecting your right of recovery.