Working on the sea comes with more differences than the need for workers to have a solid set of sea legs. A seaman has particular rights in case he ever gets injured on the job. The Jones Act exists specifically to apply to cases involving injured maritime workers.
A plaintiff recently filed a Jones Act lawsuit in Louisiana. He is suing his past employer following an accident that occurred on a vessel about a year ago. The plaintiff seeks compensation for various reasons, including his medical expenses, physical pain, emotional suffering and more.
According to the lawsuit, the plaintiff was injured by slipping and falling on the floor of the vessel he was working on. The lawsuit suggests that the ship wasn't well-maintained and that the victim's employer didn't do enough to protect its workers from environmental dangers.
The Louisiana Record doesn't disclose the details of the worker's injury, though the lawsuit describes his condition as "disfigured." Injuries resulting from maritime accidents can result in a worker's inability to do his job. If that inability and related loss of earning ability is the result of a third-party's negligence, then a victim is entitled to fight for compensation.
The Jones Act is important because it is specifically meant to help injured sailors get the financial support they need to get by if their work injuries keep them from working. Sure, a ship isn't as standard of a workplace as a business office, but its workers are still entitled to reasonable protection from injury, illness and death.
Our Lake Charles maritime accident attorneys understand the differences between standard workers' compensation cases and Jones Act claims.
Source: The Louisiana Record, "Seaman files lawsuit after slipping and falling on vessel's wooden floor," Michelle Keahey, Feb. 5, 2013