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Dredging Accidents
“Any sailor who shall suffer personal injury in the course of his employment, may at his election, maintain an action for damages at law, with the right to trial by jury, and in such actions, all statutes of the United States modifying or extending the common-law right or remedy in cases of personal injury…”
Effective on June 5, 1920, The Merchant Act of 1920, commonly referred to as The Jones Act, provides rights to sailors in the event they are injured while performing their job duties. Expanding on similar legislation already in place which allowed railroad workers to seek compensation if injured on the job, Congress granted sailors the same course of action. U.S. Seamen were now able to bring lawsuits and claims of negligence or unseaworthiness against ship-owners if they were injured on the job.
To be successful with this type of a claim, you must be able to prove that your employer is responsible for your injuries through negligence or unseaworthiness of the vessel you were working on, as the burden of proof falls on the Plaintiff. Therefore, it is extremely important to contact The Law Offices of David McQuade Leibowitz, P.C. as soon as possible especially if you are being asked to sign any kind of paperwork or being offered a settlement. David McQuade Leibowitz will fight to ensure that you receive the full and proper compensation for your injuries.

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