Filing a Jones Act Claim

The Jones Act provides seamen with the right to sue their employers for personal injuries on the job. Given that seamen are not allowed to file for workers’ compensation benefits following an injury, the Jones Act provides a recourse which can be followed by all seamen injured while on the job. If you’ve been involved in an accident, it might be time to work with the lawyers at Waitz and Downer.

Appropriate precautions and care must be taken to ensure the safety of workers. Under this act, employers are directly liable for any negligence – even the negligence of their employees.

Liability is the major factor in a claim, and an employer will be liable for the following:

  • Improperly maintained or damaged equipment leading to injury.
  • Unsafe work procedures.
  • Injuries occurring on the deck, from oil to grease.
  • Assault or negligence of co-workers.
  • Not supplying proper safety equipment.

The Jones Act protects employees to the utmost degree, and there are many scenarios in which the act will be in the favor of the employee.

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Jones Act Claims

Our Waitz & Downer team is committed to making the process of a Jones Act Claim as easy as possible for you and your loved ones by relieving you of the stress and paperwork that come with your case. We promise to handle your claim with compassion and commitment. 

If you or a loved one have been injured due to someone else’s fault or negligence, call (985) 876-0870 for a no-obligation consultation or fill out our contact form to get in touch with our team.

The Law Firm of Waitz & Downer

The law firm of Waitz & Downer was founded in 1971 by the late Joseph L. Waitz to provide legal practice to the Gulf Coast region through a specialization in helping injured persons and devastated families who have suffered a catastrophic loss in an oil field accident, maritime accident, auto or boating accident that resulted in serious personal injury or wrongful death. The firm also counsels clients on Social Security and disability claims, as well as wills and successions.

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