The Jones Act is a federal law that regulates maritime commerce in the United States.
The Jones Act requires goods shipped between U.S. ports to be transported on ships that are built, owned, and operated by United States citizens or permanent residents.
The Jones Act compensates injured marine employees for lost wages, medical expenses, and pain and suffering, as any skilled Houston maritime injury lawyer understands. However, determining compensation in each of these categories is not straightforward.
How can future increases, promotions, and perks be determined fairly? What medical expenses may an injury cause in the future? What is the monetary value of mental anguish?
You need an advocate if you suffer a work-related injury while working as a seaman on navigable seas. You’ll need the counsel and representation of a personal injury lawyer who is familiar with maritime law, particularly the Jones Act.