The Jones Act outlines who may be held responsible for seamen injury or illness. The Jones Act requires employers to provide three no-fault benefits to seamen injured on the job: medical benefits, payment of unearned wages, and a daily stipend until health is restored. Seamen are entitled to these benefits even when they are off-duty but still on the job.
In addition to these benefits, it is possible for seamen to sue their employers if their employer’s negligence contributed to injury or illness, including fatigue. If you or a loved one has been injured while on a tour of duty, please contact an experienced maritime personal injury attorney to explore your legal options.