Mississippi Jones Act Attorneys
Filing Jones Act Claims in Mobile & Throughout Mississippi
Working as a maritime worker is a high-risk job. Heavy loads, large equipment, aging vessels, and dangerous working conditions all contribute to an elevated risk of injury. As a result, offshore jobs are among the most dangerous—not least because an employee might not receive adequate medical attention if they’re hurt hundreds of miles offshore. This makes it more likely for seamen and oil rig workers to sustain catastrophic injuries.
As one of the four major legislative supports of the maritime industry, the Jones Act protects US maritime workers (and their families) when they’ve have suffered injuries or died while working offshore. The Mississippi Jones Act lawyers at Arnold & Itkin LLP fight for offshore employees who have been injured by the negligence of their employer or colleagues. The Jones Act affirms the rights of all US maritime workers—learn more below.
If you have suffered injuries due to negligence while working offshore, we may be able to help you rebuild your life. Contact our Mississippi Jones Act attorney as soon as possible: (888) 493-1629.
Our firm proudly helps clients throughout Mississippi, including in Liberty, Bassfield, Ellisville, Walnut Grove, Columbia, Foxworth, Philadelphia, McComb, Prentiss, Buckatunna, Waynesboro, and more.
What Is the Jones Act?
The Jones Act, also known as the Merchant Marine Act 1920, regulates maritime commerce in U.S. waters and between U.S. ports. The law was designed to build and maintain America’s power on the seas, both economically and martially. Among its stipulations, it requires goods shipped between the U.S. ports to be transported on ships that are built, owned, and operated by U.S. citizens or permanent residents.
Not only does the Jones Act regulate maritime commerce, but it also has specific protections for US seamen who suffers injury due to unseaworthiness or negligence. The Jones Act was created in part to ensure injured maritime workers get the compensation they need to rebuild their lives. While similar to workers’ compensation, Jones Act claims usually provide workers with larger awards. Workers’ compensation usually only covers basic medical care, but the Jones Act allows workers to claim far more than medical care for their injury.
Compensation for Jones Act Settlements include:
- Lost wages
- Loss of future earning capacity
- Physical pain, suffering, and disfigurement
- Medical care
- Mental anguish
- Cost of living during recovery
One of the chief differences between Jones Act claims and workers’ compensation claims is a Jones Act claim must prove negligence to be successful. The higher awards come with a higher burden of proof. In contrast, workers’ compensation claims are smaller but don’t require that anyone be found at fault. That reason alone is why injured seamen need a Jones Act lawyer in their corner.
Your Rights Under the Jones Act
When are workers entitled to hold their employer accountable under the Jones Act? What sort of negligence qualifies under the law? The Jones Act lists all the rights and entitlements offshore workers can expect from any and all maritime employers. For instance, it is always the vessel owner’s responsibility to keep the vessel and equipment safe for its employees to live and work.
As an offshore worker, the Jones Act gives you the right to:
- Reasonably safe working environments
- Make a legal claim if injured due to negligence
- Maintenance and cure related to the injury or illness
- Additional compensation if the vessel or crew is deemed unseaworthy
- Punitive damages if an employer initially refused payment of maintenance and cure
If your loved one died at sea, the Jones Act protects you too. Families of deceased offshore workers have the right to bring wrongful death claims under the Jones Act when their loved ones die due to negligence or unseaworthy vessels. Bereaved families can claim losses that include pain and suffering, loss of companionship, and loss of household income.
Why the Jones Act Is Important for Mississippi Offshore Workers
Before the Jones Act, injured offshore workers were only able to receive compensation for their wages, board, and the cost of their medical care until they reach maximum recovery. In many instances, workers found themselves fully "recovered" from their injuries but with no way to move forward financially because of the lasting impact of them. The medical and legal community describes injuries that change a person's life as being catastrophic.
Catastrophic maritime injuries include:
The injuries listed above are notable because they often mean that a person will require lifelong care, have limited mobility, or won't be able to make a living as they once did. At Arnold & Itkin LLP, our Mississippi maritime catastrophic injury lawyers fight for the compensation that will enable clients to live their lives as comfortably as possible after sustaining serious injuries. We're focused on fair results, recovery, and making sure the people who turn to us get the help they need.
Our Firm Is a Leader in Maritime Law in Mississippi & Nationwide
When the crew of the Deepwater Horizon needed someone to advocate for them and their families, they called Arnold & Itkin. Our oil rig explosion lawyers refused to let the company shift blame to our clients who had already been through the unthinkable.
When the widows of the El Faro needed someone to give their husbands a voice, they called Arnold & Itkin. When thousands of maritime workers needed to replace their lost income, pay for their medical care, and provide for their families, they called Arnold & Itkin—and we didn’t let them down.
If you suffered serious injuries while at sea, it is your right to seek compensation. Our Mississippi Jones Act attorneys have won billions of dollars in verdicts and settlements, and we have set both state and national records. We have also won cases for our clients in more than 40 different states. Regardless of what your situation may be, we have the resources and experience to fight for the best possible result.
Review your case for free with a Mississippi Jones Act lawyer. Learn your options while we help you take the next step—call (888) 493-1629 or contact us online today.