Like most legal claims, there is a “statute of limitations” or legal deadline to file Jones Act lawsuits.
Typically Jones Act suits must be brought within 3 years of the injury.
Sometimes exceptions apply. For example, the statute of limitations can sometimes be extended if an injury is difficult to discover or “latent.” An example might be cancer or hearing loss that is not discovered until years after the injury or exposure.
The statute of limitations might also be extended if the injured person was tricked into not pursuing a claim.
Because there are legal filing deadlines, if you or a loved one has been injured while working offshore or on a navigable waterway, it is important that you consult with an attorney as quickly as possible. This will help ensure your legal rights are preserved regardless of whether you ultimately decide to pursue a claim.
Morrow & Sheppard offer free and confidential consultations to all injured seamen and their families. Consulting with us does not obligate you to pursue a legal claim or to hire us. Please contact us now to discuss your legal rights.
46 U.S.C. 30106
Don’t let your rights be jeopardized.