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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 is meant to provide protection to workers across the industry, from those working on fishing vessels and cargo ships to service industry workers on cruise ships and other recreational ships. The Jones Act accounts for many common injuries dockworkers and seamen sustain, like:

  • Repeated motion injuries, like damaged rotator cuffs and joint damage
  • Back and neck injuries from strain or a work-related accident
  • Cuts and lacerations
  • Wounds and other injuries caused by heavy equipment or cargo
  • Slip and falls on decks and other damp surfaces

Docks, harbors and boats are not common workplaces, and the hazards workers face there are unique. At Brewster Law Firm LLC, we are familiar with your circumstances and can articulate your unique needs.

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.