How Does Admiralty Law Protect Workers?

Admiralty and maritime law covers injuries that occur on navigable waters. Brewster Law Firm LLC of Metairie, Louisiana, has decades of experience handling injuries suffered at sea, in harbors, and on inland waterways and coastal waters.

What Is The Jones Act?

Also known as the Merchant Marine Act of 1920, the Jones Act is a federal law that covers the obligations of ship owners to crew members. The Jones Act requires compensation for eligible injuries suffered on the job.

Admiralty law applies special legal rules to incidents occurring on waterways. These cases can be made more complicated by federal law and international treaties. That's why it is important to have an attorney who knows the rules and regulations covering maritime workers, instead of an attorney who only does personal injury cases.

Types Of Vessels And Injuries

The Jones Act covers injuries suffered on vessels of all types, including:

  • Cargo ships
  • Cruise ships
  • Ferries
  • Fishing vessels
  • Recreational vessels

The Jones Act, just like workers' compensation on land, applies to injuries that occur on the job. Common injuries include:

  • Arm injuries
  • Back injuries
  • Hand injuries
  • Head injuries
  • Leg injuries
  • Neck injuries

Injuries at sea can be serious due to the conditions involved — wet surfaces, bad weather, rough seas and the presence of heavy equipment and cargo. These are not everyday hazards or workplaces, and victims need attorneys who understand the unique work environments.

Get The Legal Help You Need

Our firm represents clients under the Jones Act throughout the Gulf Coast. We will negotiate with insurance companies and lawyers to seek the compensation and treatment you deserve. Our attorneys will take care of the legal issues so you can focus on your recovery.

Call our law firm at 504-717-4971 or connect with us through our online contact form to schedule a free consultation.