You are not alone
You are worried about your future. You have worked hard to get to where you are and you have a vision of where you are going. It’s what gets you out of bed in the morning. Now that vision is blurry.
Your future is uncertain because you’re not sure the pain is ever going to stop. You’re not sure if the company is going to fire you. You’re not sure how to get good medical care. If you don’t go to the company doctors will you get fired? You don’t know how you’re going to pay your bills next month. You don’t know how long rehab will take. You don’t know if your job will still be there. You don’t know if you’ll ever be able to go back to your old job.
You are not alone. A lot of workers have gone before you and a lot are going through the same thing you are right now. You have every reason to be confident about your future. The law has developed to protect you in this situation. You have very strong and valuable rights to keep your vision of your future intact.
You are entitled to excellent medical care, and you can choose your own doctors.You’re entitled to receive rehabilitation to get you back in working condition. If you’re not able to go back due to physical limitations, you can get retraining. You’re entitled to receive money from your employer while you’re injured. Additionally, we can help you with expenses which are not covered by your employer’s advances. Most importantly, you’re entitled to recover for your economic losses and pain and suffering so that you can provide for your family the way you planned to all along.
All you need to do is take that first step to get an expert on your side. Even if you’re not ready to hire an attorney, talk to us. Let us understand your problem and confirm that your plans make sense. We understand that not every case requires an attorney, and that you might have reasons to work with the company and not hire an attorney. You will sleep better at night, however, knowing that you are not alone, that you have someone who has been through the wars to talk to about these life-changing matters, and that you know someone who is on your side.
What you need to know about being injured on the job on the water
Maritime law, and specifically the Jones Act, are intended to protect the rights of seaman and other maritime workers due to the unique dangers they are exposed to in their occupation. If you are permanently assigned as a member of a crew of a vessel or fleet of vessels in navigation, you are subject to the Jones Act. The Jones Act first was written to protect railroad workers, but soon was applied to seamen.
This website is dedicated to helping you, as a Jones Act Seaman, understand your rights in the event that you are injured on the job. If you a re a Jones Act Seaman, you are not entitled to receive "worker's compensation". "Workers comp" is a compensation scheme set up by states or the federal government to provide medical expenses and a small weekly check to injured workers. If you receive comp, usually you cannot sue your employer for anything else, like lost wages, pain and suffering, etc. If you do not receive comp, usually you can sue. If you are a seaman, the way you sue is under the Jones Act.The information provided is not offered as legal advice for your specific situation, but as a means to expand your awareness of the legal issues that must be considered if you are injured. Whether or not to hire an attorney, for example, and what to look for if you do. How to manage health care issues. How to collaborate with your employer. How to value damages. And more.