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Jones Act

If you were injured in an accident on a ship, boat, barge, harbor facility, or oil platform offshore, it’s your right to seek compensation for your injury. With fair compensation, you’ll be better able to get the medical care you need, keep up with bills, and provide for yourself and your family. Without compensation, on the other hand, it can be nearly impossible to stay afloat financially.

Under the Jones Act, you can make a claim against your employer for a work-related injury. The Jones Act is a law that protects dockworkers, offshore workers, and “seaman” workers who qualify. The job of a seaman is often very dangerous, and mistakes can and do cause serious injuries in Louisiana. To make a claim under the Jones Act, you need to prove that your employer or co-worker was at fault or contributed to the negligence that caused your injury. An experienced maritime attorney can help you make your case and obtain the compensation that you need.

If you are an injured seaman, contact our experienced maritime attorneys for a free consultation. We’ll discuss your potential claim, what benefits you are entitled to, and how we can help you get full compensation for lost wages, loss of earning capacity, medical bills, rehabilitation, occupational therapy, disability, and pain and suffering.

We have successfully assisted numerous seaman workers, and we look forward to using our experience and knowledge to get you the best result possible for your claim. Our team represents maritime workers in the Greater New Orleans area, the River Parishes, and the Gulf Coast.

How do I know if I qualify as a seaman?

In order to qualify as a “seaman” under the Jones Act:

  • The worker must be assigned to a vessel or fleet
  • The vessel must be in navigation
  • That worker must have a substantial connection to the vessel