How Do You File a Jones Act Claim?

Jones Act Jan 17, 2023

If you work on a barge, tugboat, cargo ship, containership or any other vessel and you have been injured on the job, you may be entitled to financial compensation under the Jones Act. The Jones Act is a federal law that specifically protects offshore workers who qualify as “seamen,” and injured seamen are entitled to no-fault benefits in many cases.


7 Common Jack-Up Rig Accidents (and What Drilling Companies Should Do To Prevent Them)

Jones Act Dec 16, 2022

Working on a jack-up rig is dangerous. In fact, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), it is among the most dangerous jobs in the country. While some of the risks of working on a jack-up rig come with the territory, many of them are preventable. Unfortunately, drilling companies often prioritize their profits over their workers’ safety, and, as a result, preventable accidents are far too common.


Do You Have a Claim for Sun Stroke (or Heat Stroke) Under the Jones Act?

Jones Act Oct 13, 2022

Working onboard a ship or on a platform on open water presents several risks. Along with the risk of serious injuries, these risks include the risk of harm caused by prolonged sun exposure. Many offshore workers who spend long days on deck suffer from sun-related health conditions—including sun stroke (or heat stroke) in the most serious of cases.


Can You File a Maritime Injury Claim for Sun Exposure?

Jones Act Oct 6, 2022

While maritime workers face prolonged sun exposure year-round, working in the sun can be especially dangerous during the summer months. Maritime workers regularly suffer exposure-related injuries on land, on vessels, and on rigs and platforms in the Gulf of Mexico, and sadly some of these injuries prove fatal. If you have suffered severe burns, have suffered a heat stroke or heart attack, or are dealing with any other medical condition caused by sun exposure on the job, you may be entitled to compensation, and you should speak with a Mississippi Jones Act lawyer about your legal rights.


Does Maritime Law Cover Accidents That Occur on Land?

Maritime Injuries Aug 31, 2022

Not all maritime workers spend their days on the water. In fact, many maritime workers have jobs that exclusively involve spending time on land. If you have a land-based job, or if you split your time between the land and the water, what are your legal rights when you get injured? Maritime Law Covers Accidents That Occur on Land in Many Cases The good news is that maritime law covers accidents that occur on land in many cases. If you work in a maritime occupation and you suffered injuries in a fall, lift accident, or any other type of accident on the job, you may be entitled to compensation under the Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act or the Jones Act. 1. LHWCA Claims for Accidents on Land The Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act (LHWCA) covers land-based maritime employees. This includes not only longshoremen and harbor workers but also dock hands, shipbuilders, ship repairers, lift operators, and other employees whose jobs involve working with vessels or working on maritime facilities such as docks, harbors, ports, wharfs, and marinas. The LHWCA does not cover employees whose jobs fall outside of this realm, even if they work in a maritime setting. For example, land-based office personnel, employees of clubs and recreational businesses, and aquaculture workers are not eligible to file maritime law claims (although they may be eligible to file claims under state workers’ compensation laws). For eligible maritime employees who suffer injuries on land, the LHWCA provides compensation similar to […]


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