The Merchant Marine Act of 1920 is often referred to as the Jones Act.
This is a
federal law, meaning it applies to all Americans. This law protects workers at sea,
including sailors and other maritime and offshore workers. If you qualify
as a seaman and you were hurt or fell ill on the job, the Jones Act protects
your right to recover compensation for your injuries from your employer.
Do I Qualify Under the Terms of the Jones Act as a Seaman?
The Jones Act applies only to seamen. Over the years, this term has been
interpreted by the court to mean workers assigned to work necessary in
the operation of ships / fleets operating in "navigable waters"-meaning,
waterways that can be used in the process of commerce, both foreign and
Qualifying Jones Act vessels may include any vessel used for water transportation, such as:
- Cruise ships
- Cargo ships
- Pontoon rafts
- Mobile offshore drilling units
- Jack-up and semi-submersible rigs
- Floating dormitories
Additionally, these individuals must spend what the court deems to be a
significant portion of time on the vessel. One rule of thumb derived from
previous court rulings is that the seaman must spend 30% of his / her
time onboard the vessel; this is not, however, set in stone. If you have
questions about whether or not you qualify as an injured seaman under
the terms of the Jones Act, consult a
New York City personal injury lawyer from our team at Lurie, Ilchert, MacDonnell & Ryan LLP. We can answer
all of your questions and provide insightful counsel during this time!
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