What is the Jones Act?

The Jones Act is a federal law that gives a seaman who was injured on the job the right to sue their employer for personal injury damages.

What is a seaman for purposes of the Jones Act?

In general, a seaman is a person who spends a significant amount of his/her time working as a crewmember or a captain on a vessel (almost any kind of ship or boat) that is considered “in navigation.”

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What Does the Jones Act Do?

The Jones Act allows an injured seaman to sue an employer for negligence. In order to recover damages from the employer, the seaman must prove that the owner, captain, and/or crew of the vessel that the seaman worked on were negligent, and that their negligence was a cause of the seaman’s injury.

Wrongful Death Damages in a Maritime Accident

In the tragic event that you’ve lost a loved one in an accident involving a big rig, you may be entitled to any of the following injuries in a maritime accident wrongful death claim:

  • Funeral and burial expenses
  • Medical bills
  • Pain and suffering of the deceased before they died
  • Loss of future income
  • Loss of future benefits (such as medical benefits and retirement)
  • Loss of household service the deceased provided (such as childcare, vehicle and property maintenance, chores, etc.)
  • Loss of love, affection, companionship, guidance, marital consortium, etc.

Maritime Accident Facts

Marine accidents killed 1,163 people and caused $197 million in insured losses in 2017. The deadliest maritime disaster occurred in January when a passenger ferry sank, killing 88 people off Nonouti, an atoll in Kirbati in the Pacific Ocean, between Papua New Guinea and Hawaii. A boat carrying migrants capsized off the coast of Libyan Arab Jamahiriya Zawiyah, killing 74 people. In 2012, 30 people were killed in the costliest man-made disaster of that year when the Costa Concordia cruise ship carrying 4,200 passengers went aground off the coast of Italy, causing $515 million in insured damages losses when it occurred. By mid-2014, insured losses for the disaster had risen to about $2 billion.

The greatest maritime disaster in peacetime happened in December 1987, when the Philippine ferry, the Doa Paz, collided with the Vector, a small coastal oil tanker, according to the National Maritime Museum in the United Kingdom. Only 24 of the 4,317 Doa passengers survived. By contrast, 1,500 perished in the sinking of the Titanic in 1912.