Working as a seaman in the maritime industry is a very dangerous job. Large equipment, heavy loads, and hazardous conditions can all contribute to the high risk. Also, the isolation of working on the water adds another element of danger. Where do you go when you suffer a severe injury when you’re hundreds of miles offshore? Expert medical aid is could be days away, and delayed treatment could have terrible consequences. Due to all these factors, a maritime injury can be much more serious than a similar incident occurring on land. Unfortunately, maritime workers don’t qualify for workers’ compensation or other state worker protection laws.
If you’re a seaman who was injured while working on a fishing boat, barge, tugboat, or other vessel you may be entitled to compensation under the federal Jones Act. The Jones Act is a negligence statute that protects the rights of maritime workers who’ve been injured while working on the water as crew members. The Jones Act provides coverage for medical costs, payment for reduced income and payment for disability. It can also provide compensation for pain and suffering and other economic losses.
The attorneys at The Cochran Firm of the Mid-South have years of experience handling maritime workers’ compensation cases. We understand the difficulties that arise when you are injured on the job. You may not know how to handle your medical bills and supporting your family may become nearly impossible. Our team of attorneys will help you file a claim so that you can focus on putting your life back on track.