The Jones Act is a piece of legislation passed in 1920 to protect workers involved in maritime labor. Officially known as the Merchant Marine Act of 1920, the Jones Act provides protection for those who spend at least 30 percent of their time in active service on a water vessel, which is a broad term that includes:
- Riverboat casinos
- Tug boats
- Crew boats
- Other types of watercraft
Those whose work contributes to the operation of vessels are often covered under the Jones Act as well. This may include dock workers, maintenance personnel and cargo loaders. Some maritime workers do not qualify and may need to seek benefits under the Longshore and Harbor Workers' Compensation Act.
If you live in the greater Louisville, Kentucky, or Jeffersonville, Indiana, areas and were hurt while working for a vessel on the Ohio River, the Louisville workplace injury attorneys at the Karl Truman Law Office may be able to help you recover the Jones Act benefits you need.
The Jones Act shares some similarities with workers' compensation, and it is intended to provide maritime workers with compensation for:
- Injury related medical and rehabilitation expenses
- Lost wages during the recovery period
However, the Jones Act may also provide compensation for vocational training in cases in which a catastrophic injury prohibits a worker from returning to his or her previous job. Due to the complexities of Jones Act claims, it is advisable to work with a knowledgeable maritime injury lawyer to ensure your best chances for timely approval of full benefits.
If you suffered a work-related maritime injury, please contact the Karl Truman Law Office today by calling (502) 222-2222 or scheduling your free consultation online. Our lawyers welcome injured workers from the Louisville, Kentucky, and Jeffersonville, Indiana, areas.