Beaumont Jones Act Attorneys
Jones Act Lawyers in Beaumont Fighting for Injured Offshore Workers
With heavy loads, large equipment, and aging vessels, Beaumont seamen face numerous hazards in their line of work. For these reasons, offshore workers have specific rights under maritime law that protect them when tragedy strikes. The most important protection seamen receive is provided by the Jones Act. The Jones Act gives maritime workers the ability to claim their lost wages, lost earning capacity, medical care, and other losses after they’ve been injured due to negligence.
What Is the Jones Act?
The Jones Act is a specific protection under admiralty law that protects any U.S. seaman who sustains injuries due to an unseaworthy vessel or the negligence of a vessel operator. The Jones Act is officially titled the Merchant Marine Act of 1920—a federal statute created to encourage the growth of maritime industries.
The statute is the maritime industry’s response to workers’ compensation. Since maritime accidents are often more dangerous than land accidents—and because negligence is the foundation of any Jones Act claim—the Jones Act gives seamen more claimable losses than workers’ comp provides. In contrast, claims under general workers’ compensation only cover basic medical care. To learn more about the heightened hazards experienced by offshore workers, visit the CDC site for their research on the topic.
Jones Act settlements include compensation for:
- Cost of living during recovery
- Loss of future earning capacity
- Lost wages
- Medical care
- Mental anguish
- Physical pain, suffering, and disfigurement
If you have sustained serious injuries offshore, it is vital to contact a Beaumont Jones Act attorney as soon as possible. Arnold & Itkin attorneys have helped hundreds of injured workers recover billions of dollars.
Maritime Worker’s Rights with the Jones Act
Maritime workers injured while aboard a vessel can seek compensation under the Jones Act. If your vessel was unseaworthy, unsafe, or your operator was negligent, you have the right to recover your present and ongoing losses. Families also have the right to bring forward a wrongful death action under the Jones Act if their loved one died at sea. Learn more about your rights by contacting Arnold & Itkin today.
Your rights as a seaman under the Jones Act include:
- The right to a safe work environment.
- The right to make a claim if injured by negligence.
- The right to maintenance and cure.
- The right to additional compensation if the vessel or crew is unseaworthy.
- The right to punitive damages if an employer refused payment of maintenance and cure
Claims Under the Jones Act
The Jones Act allows maritime workers to seek compensation for injuries caused by negligence from employers or vessel operators. Offshore workers can claim unseaworthiness if a vessel is not reasonably safe for the type of work required of the crew. If you believe an unseaworthy ship was the cause of your offshore accident, contact an attorney to know how to proceed. Arnold & Itkin attorneys can help you by filing a claim for the maximum amount of compensation possible.
Below are some of the factors that can contribute to a ship’s seaworthy condition, including:
- Improperly stowed cargo
- Inadequate number of crewmembers or workers
- Lack of appropriate safety guards or rails
- Lack of fire extinguishers
- Lack of proper elevators
- Lack of sufficient food or supplies
- Untrained crew or captain
- Hazardous living or working conditions
Our Beaumont Jones Act Lawyers Have Won Billions of Dollars
Our Beaumont Jones Act attorneys have helped the survivors of offshore disasters as well as grieving families left behind by the death of a loved one at sea. Our firm represented more victims of the Deepwater Horizon explosion than any other law firm, helped the widows of the El Faro sinking get justice for their husbands' deaths, and secured the future for countless victims of negligence.
Attorneys at Arnold & Itkin are experienced maritime accident attorneys that can help you receive the compensation you need to help you secure you and your family’s future. We know the best way to do it because we have vast knowledge and experience in the maritime industry. If you have recently been injured while offshore, it is vital to have a Jones Act attorney represent your case. Our team has secured billions for injured clients nationwide, and we are among the leading offshore injury lawyers in the country.
Contact our Beaumont Jones Act attorney today for a free consultation: (888) 493-1629.