Jones Act

Jones Act Maritime Claims Lawyers in Houston

The Jones Act is the United States federal law which protects the rights of a seaman injured in the course of his or her employment offshore. An injured seaman (or the family of one who has been killed) is entitled to recover monetary damages if the employer’s negligence played any role, even the slightest part, in causing the injury or contributing to death.

The Jones Act Provides Compensation for Injured Seamen and Maritime Workers

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The lawyers at Michael P. Fleming & Associates, P.C. can help seamen who have been injured while working offshore.

The Jones Act was specifically created to protect the rights of seamen and maritime workers.

The Jones Act allows maritime workers the right to “maintenance and cure” if they are injured on a seagoing ship, barge, boat, or vessel.

“Maintenance” refers to compensation for wage loss if you cannot work because of an injury. “Cure” refers to medical treatment for an injury.


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Seamen and other maritime workers may be able to claim additional compensation if they can prove their injuries resulted from negligence or because the boat or ship was not seaworthy. Liability does not have to be assigned to the owner of the vessel, but rather the person responsible for the negligent act.

If you work anywhere in or near the water, you may be covered by The Jones Act. The following may be entitled to benefits under The Jones Act or other maritime laws, if they are injured in the course of their employment:

  • Seamen.  All seamen on all offshore vessels are protected by the Jones Act and federal maritime law.  Regardless of where in the world the injury took place, you should seek the advice of a Board Certified Injury Lawyer to discuss your rights to compensation.
  • Barge Workers.  Barge workers are protected by federal maritime law including the Jones Act when they are injured in the course of work.
  • Commercial Divers. We have represented commercial divers injured offshore including one injured while on the seabed.  Your right to compensation arises from the Jones Act when the employer is at fault in any way.
  • Offshore construction Workers.  If you are working as a construction worker offshore building a rig or any other structure, you are protected as other seamen by the Jones Act and Federal Maritime Laws.
  • Cruise Ship Workers and Passengers. We have represented folks who have been injured while on a cruise ship in the Caribbean.
  • Ferry boat workers and Passengers.  Seamen and passengers injured even close to the shore are protected by federal maritime law and are to be compensated for their injuries.
  • Fisherman.  From the smallest shrimp boat to much larger vessels, all offshore fisherman are entitled to compensation under the Jones Act when injured.
  • Oil platform workers.  Working offshore on an oil rig is dangerous at times.  Because of this, federal law
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Working on an offshore oil rig can be dangerous.

protects oil rig workers in the event of an injury.

Have you been injured while working as a seaman on a vessel?

Were you hurt in a Gulf of Mexico explosion?

If so, you should seek the advice of an attorney that is experienced in personal injury trial law.



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The the failure to use reasonable care to provide a seaman with a safe place to work or the existence of a dangerous condition on the vessel. Moreover, in addition to negligence, an injured seaman can recover if it can be shown that the vessel was unseaworthy. If a seaman has been injured due to the negligence of his or her employer, there is right to be compensated for damages including:

  • Physical Pain and Suffering
  • Mental Anguish
  • Lost Past Income
  • Impairment of Future Earning Capacity
  • Past Medical Expenses
  • Future Medical Expenses
  • Furthermore, the injured seaman is entitled to Maintenance and Cure.

Contact the Jones Act Lawyers at Michael P. Fleming and Associates today to discuss your rights.