Fishermen in Alaskan state waters work in a dangerous environment. In August of 2011, a 19-year-old fisherman from Kodiak, Alaska received severe facial injuries aboard the fishing vessel Kittiwake. The fisherman, D.C., has the right to seek compensation for his injures because of long-standing laws protecting the rights of those working in the maritime industry.
Beginning in 1920, a United States Federal statute called the Merchant Marine Act of 1920 was passed to regulate maritime commerce in U.S. waters and between U.S. ports. This act was formed to allow injured sailors to make claims and collect compensation from their employers for acts of negligence or unseaworthiness. The Jones Act, also known as Section 27, supports the U.S. maritime industry by protecting employees who work on vessels that are navigable in seas, rivers, lakes, bays and sounds. This act protects the medical rights of most crewmen, from the captain in the wheelhouse to the fish processors and cooks.
If you or someone you love has been injured at sea, you may have the option of filing a claim under the Jones Act. In many cases, filing under the Jones Act may be more favorable than filing under a State Workers' Compensation system. In order to accurately file your claim and to receive full compensation for your maritime injury, we highly recommend the help of a professional Houston personal injury attorney. At Arnold & Itkin LLP, we focus on establishing the evidence you need to be successful in your Jones Act claim. Please contact a Houston personal injury attorney today to learn how we can help.