Jones Act Attorneys Representing Injured Maritime Workers
It can be hard to find lawyers with the right qualifications and education
in maritime law to take on your case. The good news is that the Mississippi
maritime injury attorneys at Richard Schwartz & Associates Injury
Lawyers, P.A. have 35+ years of experience helping clients navigate complex
legal matters related to maritime cases. Our team is familiar with various
sea-based industries, as well as the maritime laws that control businesses
and their employees.
When you have been injured in a maritime accident or on-land (harbor),
you want to make sure you have someone at your side who understands this
special category of law and how it affects your case. Let the team at
Richard Schwartz & Associates help. We work diligently to determine
who is responsible for an accident and how they will cover costs from
medical expenses and lost future income, all while ensuring our client's
best interests are safeguarded.
Maritime injury law applies to events that occur on or near navigable waters,
including oceans, large lakes, and rivers that can be used for commercial
shipping. They are divided into territorial waters and high seas.
The rules of these laws can be very complicated, and maritime accidents
are treated differently that those onshore. Finding out who is responsible
and how much money will be paid can affect the outcome. If you have been
injured, contracted a disease, or a loved one has died as a result of
working on or near the water, you need a maritime injury lawyer who thoroughly
understands these laws to handle your case.
Areas that may fall under this law include:
Wharfs, piers, and docks
Maritime Law Information
In maritime workplaces, it is important that you are in good health in
order to be able to work under the demanding and hazardous conditions
of ships, barges, oil rigs, and other settings. With these types of jobs,
almost any kind of injury can occur, including hearing loss or contraction
of diseases that may not be immediately apparent. If your injuries are
serious, you may never be able to work again.
There are two laws that are relevant are important for maritime accidents
and on-land (harbor) injuries:
The Jones Act
Longshore and Harbor Workers Compensation Act
These laws are in place to ensure that those who are involved in maritime
accidents and those on-land (harbor) receive money for medical expenses
and lost wages.
The Jones Act vs. The Longshoremen’s Act
The Jones Act is a sub-section of the 1920 Merchant Marine Act that deals
with coastal shipping and guarantees the rights of the sailors and other
employees of vessels or rigs that operate in those waters. As with any
Federal Act, the laws change regularly, so attorneys must stay up-to-date
on the law.
The Longshoremen’s Act covers workers employed in occupations such
as longshore workers or other people that are in alongshore operations,
such as harbor workers, ship repairers, shipbuilders, and shipbreakers.
The Longshoremen’s Act also refers to rigs that are stationary,
and do not move.
The Longshoreman’s Act is a lot like worker’s compensation—you
get recovery for your lost wage capacity. In Jones’ Act, you receive
pain and suffering compensation in addition to everything else. The distinction
between the two acts can change your case significantly, but it is a difference
that should be determined by an experienced maritime injury law attorney
The Jones’ Act covers people who work on movable entities, such as
certain rigs or a boat for example. In order to benefit from The Jones’
Act, a worker must be a seaman who is signed to a particular vehicle in
navigable waters. When a worker spends at least 30 percent of their time
serving on a Merchant Marine vessel, they can qualify for benefits under
the Jones Act.
Can a Lawyer Help My Maritime Case?
Without a lawyer who understands this type of law, you may receive less
compensation than you need. Having an advocate at your side ensures that
you are getting everything you are owed.
What you get with legal representation:
A client services specialist responds to your call, email, or text
We collect all necessary information and conduct a free case evaluation
We submit your information to the attorney who is best suited to handle
The lawyer reviews this information and then becomes your Attorney of Record
An investigator visits your home to conduct an interview, collect facts,
photos, and other official documents related to your case
Your case is then assigned a complete team: a lawyer, an adjuster, and
We represent workers who have been injured in accidents on:
Tow and tug boats
Shrimp and fishing boats
Ferries and water taxis
Hurt on a Cruise Ship? You Need a Lawyer.
Being injured on a cruise ship is a complicated matter, and cruise lines
put many barriers in place to prevent injured passengers from making claims
against them. Before you go on a cruise, you should always read the fine
print and make sure that you understand the rules that apply on board.
If you are hurt while on the cruise, don’t sign any agreements before
reaching out to our firm. Many accidents at sea are due to hazardous conditions,
and the cruise line may be responsible for your injuries.
Don't wait to get trusted legal counsel. Call Richard Schwartz & Associates
to discuss your maritime injury at