A Jones Act attorney can assist maritime workers in reaching a settlement in several ways, such as assisting with medical expenses, gathering evidence, and providing legal advice. At Morrow & Sheppard LLP, we provide free legal advice to those who were catastrophically injured while working on a vessel during our free, confidential consultation. We evaluate the case and pursue it in the most effective way possible under the law. An experienced Jones Act attorney can be found by calling (800) 489-2216 or using the contact form on this site. Let’s talk about your situation and the Jones Act claims settlement options that may be available to you. All Jones Act claims are handled on a contingency fee basis, and if a client seeks financial relief, there’s no fee unless we win their case.
The Jones Act is a law that protects maritime workers who are injured while working on a U.S. commercial vessel. This can include shipmates, longshoremen, and others. The act applies to anyone who works aboard ships that sail between U.S. ports or between the United States and other countries. The Jones Act lawyer will represent you in your maritime injury claim if you have been seriously hurt while performing your job duties aboard a vessel. The Jones Act attorneys at Morrow & Sheppard will help ensure that you receive fair compensation for your injuries so that you can return to living your life as fully as possible again after the maritime accident occurs.
About The Jones Act
The Jones Act was first passed in 1920. The legislation, also known as the Merchant Marine Act of 1920, requires that all ships that transport cargo between U.S. ports be constructed primarily for use on U.S. commercial vessels and must have a crew made up primarily of U.S. citizens and permanent residents of the country. The Jones Act also ensures there can only be one employer for every worker in the U.S. maritime industry, known as a “cabotage” law. This means if you are a U.S. seaman working on an American-made ship with other maritime workers aboard, then your employment will always remain within this system unless otherwise agreed upon by both parties involved.