When workers in the maritime industry suffer injuries while performing job duties, they cannot simply file a worker’s compensation claim to recover monetary damages for medical care, lost wages, as well as pain and suffering. Unlike nearly all land-based employees, seamen are not entitled to workers’ compensation benefits under either state or federal law.
However, they can obtain compensation through The Jones Act with the help of an experienced lawyer. At McNair Law Offices, PLLC, we are committed to helping you get the benefits necessary to help you make the best recovery possible from injury. With more than 35 years of experience, Attorney McNair has a thorough understanding of Pennsylvania and federal law to guide you through the complexities of the legal system and help you get the results you desire.
The Jones Act is a federal law which provides seamen who were injured in the course of their employment the right to sue their employer for personal injury damages. In order to recover compensation from the employer, the seaman needs to prove that the owner, captain, and/or crew of the vessel where he or she worked on were negligent and that their negligence resulted in the seaman’s injury.
This law is extremely employee-friendly. It provides a heavy burden on a seaman’s employer to ensure the workplace is reasonably safe. While standard negligence cases require plaintiffs to prove that the defendants’ negligence was a proximate cause of the injury, plaintiffs need only to prove that the employer’s negligence played any part – no matter how minor – in the plaintiff’s injury under The Jones Act.
Our legal team can investigate your injury, examine all available evidence, and do whatever it takes to obtain the most favorable outcome possible. Let us help you get your life back on track immediately.
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