The Jones Act applies not only to boats but to numerous other kinds of vessels such as barges, ships, and even drilling platforms. A seaman typically has three years from the date of an accident to file a lawsuit, and some of the typical offshore accidents include:
Many workers injured in offshore accidents have reservations about filing Jones Act claims because of the possible consequences that such actions could have on their employment. You should always feel confident exercising your right to recover all compensation available to you.
A Jones Act claim is somewhat more advantageous for an injured person than the traditional personal injury action because a worker is not required to prove that an employer’s negligence directly caused an accident. The negligence only needs to have played some part in the cause of an accident.
Some of the more common causes of offshore accidents include, but are not limited to:
Certain Jones Act claims may also involve inclement weather and workers who were forced to perform in very adverse conditions. Companies may be liable for failure to adequately train workers in some cases.
Damages in Jones Act claims are mostly the same as other personal injury cases, with most damages being divided into economic and non-economic damages. The economic damages are awards that cover tangible costs a victim has incurred or will incur while non-economic damages are far more subjective awards for harm that is not quantifiable.
Economic damages include: