The Jones Act is a federal law that regulates maritime commerce and provides protections for people who work on ships, offshore drilling rigs and in other maritime occupations. Prior to the Jones Act, which passed in 1920, injured maritime workers did not have reliable sources of compensation. The Jones Act made employers or owners of ships financially responsible for the injuries suffered by seamen.
If you or someone close to you has suffered a serious injury while working at sea, the attorneys at John K. Zaid & Associates, PLLC, can help you explore your legal options. We are proven advocates for injured workers from the Houston area and throughout Texas.
Contact us today online or by telephone at 281-333-8959 to speak with a knowledgeable Houston Jones Act attorney.
The Jones Act
Working on ships or offshore drilling rigs poses numerous risks to workers. Whether your injury involved a slip-and-fall accident, an explosion, a crushing injury or any other type of accident, it is important you get the legal help you need.
Injury law for maritime workers is vastly different from that of onshore occupations. Injury claims are handled under the Jones Act, as opposed to workers' compensation or longshoreman compensation.
The Jones Act protects the rights of a wide range of occupations, including:
Under the Jones Act, the injured person may seek compensation for lost wages, medical expenses, pain and suffering, lost earning capacity and other hardships. Our experienced lawyers can help you understand your rights in terms of the Jones Act, and help you pursue other legal remedies, depending on the circumstances of your accident.
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If you or someone close to you has been injured while working at sea, we are here to help. Contact us today online or by telephone at 281-333-8959 to speak with an experienced Houston Jones Act attorney. You may call us 24 hours a day, seven days a week to let us know how we can help you.
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