As leading Houston maritime injury attorneys, we are often asked by injured seamen, “What kind of damages can I recover under the Jones Act?”
The Jones Act has been protecting the rights of seaman and other maritime workers who find themselves unable to work due to on-the-job injuries for nearly a century. It allows injured maritime workers the right to seek compensation for an injury caused by the unseaworthiness of a vessel or negligence of an employer or fellow crew member and provides maintenance (for living expenses) and cure (for medical expenses) benefits similar to worker’s compensation for crew members who become ill or injured while in serving on a vessel.
Maintenance and Cure
Almost all seamen who become ill or injured while at sea qualify for maintenance and cure benefits, regardless of who was responsible for their injuries. Maintenance provides for such things as food and lodging; cure covers the injured worker’s medical costs. Maintenance payments amount to about $35 – $45 day and last until the injured worker has reached maximum medical improvement – a state where the injured worker’s condition cannot be improved upon any further or when doctor declares them ready to return to work.
Compensation for Acts of Negligence
When a seaman becomes injured due to the unseaworthiness of a vessel or the negligent acts of an employer or crew member, the Jones Act and general maritime law allows them to file a lawsuit for damages resulting from these injuries. Some of these damages include:
- Lost wages
- Pain and suffering
- Mental anguish
- Loss of future earning capacity
- Medical expenses
- Future medical expenses
Surviving family members of a maritime worker who died as a result of their injuries may file a wrongful death claim. Compensation is limited to only economic damages, such as funeral expenses, household expenses and loss of financial support.
Injured workers can still collect maintenance and cure payments while pursuing a claim for negligence against an employer or third party.
We Will Protect Your Right to Compensation under the Jones Act
The Houston maritime accident attorneys at The Ammons Law Firm are dedicated to protecting the rights of injured maritime workers. We help maritime workers throughout the United States. If you are a maritime worker who has been injured while at sea on the job, you have a right to seek compensation for the damages resulting from those injuries.
We are here to see that you collect the full compensation you are due for your injuries. To discuss your case and learn more about what types of damages are allowed under the Jones Act, please call us to schedule a free consultation with one of our experienced Jones Act claim lawyers.