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The Jones Act
The maritime industry is full of dangerous jobs, and commercial divers, sailors, seamen and others in this industry must continually be on the alert for accidents. Unfortunately, many of the accidents that happen can be avoided through proper training and reasonable safety measures. Maritime Law, also referred to as Admiralty Law, is the intricate body of laws that govern, among other things, injuries and/or death while working on navigable bodies of water including oceans, rivers and lakes.
Although the maritime industry is important to the United States, it is an industry brimming with risks to its workers. Whether you are working “at sea” or are a dock, oil rig or harbor worker, if you have been injured on the job, you have rights including, but not limited to, workers’ compensation.
In addition to sustaining an injury, there is also the possibility of death in maritime work. Many of the deaths that occur could have easily been avoided if seamen worked in safe conditions and had the proper training and/or safety gear. If a seamen’s death was the result of negligence of an employer or other 3rd party, their loved ones are entitled to compensation for their wrongful death.
If you have been injured in an accident or have lost a loved one in the maritime industry, you have the best chance at recovering compensation through the Jones Act, but there are other options such as the Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act and the Death on the High Seas Act. That is why it is imperative to enlist the help of an expert who can successfully navigate your case through the complexities of maritime law to ensure you get the full compensation you deserve for injuries or death that occurred while on the job.

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