Jones Act negligence is the failure to exercise ordinary care in discharging the duty owed to those who work on an offshore rig or vessel.
What duty is owed? The duty to provide a reasonably safe place to work, and to exercise ordinary care in doing so.
An employer is liable under the Jones Act for even “slight” negligence. In other words, a negligent employer is generally liable regardless of how small a role the negligence played in the injury.
Jones Act negligence can include unsafe working hours or conditions, failure to regularly inspect the vessel or rig, failure to warn of hazards, and failure to promptly and properly repair dangerous conditions.
Employers may also be liable if they break any statute or regulation and cause an injury. It usually does not matter whether the law was enacted to protect the injured worker.
Morrow & Sheppard are privileged to represent injured offshore workers and vessel crewmen in suits against their Jones Act employers.
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