The Jones Act is a federal statute that allows injured seamen to sue for damages. A 1995 decision by the United States Supreme Court established a presumption that a worker who spends less than 30 percent of his or her time on navigable waters is not a seaman for Jones Act purposes.
A Jones Act action allows for a wider range of recovery than an LHWCA case, where relief is limited to lost wages and medical benefits. Some of the additional damages recoverable include:
- Pain and suffering
- Future pain and suffering
- Future wages
- Future medical costs
- Other forms of special damages, including "maintenance," a per diem in the amount that would be required to supply room and board aboard a vessel.
Please contact our Metairie Jones Act lawyers online today. You may also call 504-266-0253, toll free at 800-711-9366, to discuss your situation and to learn more about our services.
Free consultations. You pay nothing unless we obtain compensation on your behalf.
Maintenance And Cure: Experienced Louisiana Injury Lawyers
Maintenance and cure (reasonable and necessary medical costs) are due to an injured Jones Act worker without regard to fault. Since employers frequently do not pay these amounts, an injured worker needs skilled counsel such as those at Schwartz Law Firm.
Schwartz Law Firm LLC knows how to build the damages in a Jones Act case. Combining damages can often get the case into federal court, where we have a wealth of experience.
The burden of proof in a Jones Act case is also more favorable to the plaintiff than in an LHWCA case. It is "featherweight," which is much lower than the "preponderance of the evidence" standard usual in civil cases.
Contact The Metairie Injured Seaman Lawyers Of Schwartz Law Firm LLC
Severe injury cases brought under the Jones Act require attorneys with the experience and skill to obtain all the compensation you are legally entitled to for all your harms and losses. The New Orleans Jones Act lawyers of Schwartz Law Firm LLC are deeply practiced in fighting personally for clients in Jones Act cases. If you have been injured on the water, contact them online or call 504-266-0253 to set up a free initial consultation. You pay nothing unless we win a recovery for you.