Jones Act Resources for Workers Injured in the Gulf of Mexico
July 25, 2016
For individuals who are injured while working in the Gulf of Mexico, there are a number of different laws that provide the opportunity to recover financial compensation for the losses they sustain as a result of their injuries. One of these laws is the Jones Act.
The Jones Act is a federal law that Congress enacted specifically to help offshore workers secure compensation when they get injured on the job. Recognizing to the importance of maritime injury and the extreme risks many offshore workers face on a daily basis, President Woodrow Wilson signed the Jones Act into law to make sure that offshore workers of the day had the legal support they needed to fight for the compensation they deserved.
Today, the Jones Act continues to be one of the most important laws for offshore workers. If you or your spouse has been injured offshore, it is important to understand how the Jones Act protects you. We encourage you to use these resources to learn more about your rights under the Jones Act, and we invite you to contact us for a free consultation about your compensation claim.
Learn About Your Rights Under the Jones Act
1. The Jones Act: An Overview
Learn about the history of the Jones Act and the steps involved in pursuing a Jones Act claim.
2. FAQs for Victims of Offshore Injuries
Visit our FAQs page to learn all about pursuing a claim for financial compensation. Learn what you should be doing right now and why it is important to act quickly in order to protect your legal rights.
3. Glossary: Key Terms for Injured Seamen and Their Families
The Jones Act and other maritime laws are complex. Use our glossary to familiarize yourself with some of the key terms you will need to know as you pursue your claim for compensation.
4. Who is a Jones Act Seaman?
Only “seamen” are entitled to compensation under the Jones Act. Use this guide to find out if you or your spouse qualifies.
5. Do I Qualify for Compensation Under the Jones Act?
Learn more about what it takes to qualify for compensation under the Jones Act, and find out which other compensation laws may apply to your case.
6. How Long Do I Have to Pursue a Jones Act Claim?
Learn about the “statute of limitations” under the Jones Act and the exceptions that apply.
7. Are “Releases” of Claims Under the Jones Act Enforceable?
Did your employer ask you to sign a Jones Act release? Did you sign? If so, find out what this means for your claim.
8. Understanding Jones Act “Negligence” and “Maintenance and Cure”
Injured seamen can pursue two types of claims under the Jones Act. Learn more about seeking full compensation based on your employer’s “negligence,” and find out what it means to seek “maintenance and cure.”
9. Additional Sources of Compensation for Injured Seamen
Learn about more additional sources of compensation that will often be available to injured maritime workers and their families.
10. How a Houston Jones Act Lawyer Can Help You
Finally, watch this video to learn from partner Nick Morrow how a Houston Jones Act lawyer can help you fight for just compensation under the Jones Act.
Schedule Your Free Consultation Now
At Morrow & Sheppard LLP, we offer free initial consultations to injured maritime workers and their families, and we do not charge you anything unless we help you secure financial compensation. Call (800) 489-2216 or request your free consultation online to find out if you have a claim under the Jones Act.