What Is The Difference Between A Maritime Injury Claim And A Jones Act Claim?

Determining whether your accident qualifies under the Jones Act or falls under another law makes a huge difference in terms of your right to pursue certain claims, including for life-long disability.  

In other articles, we discussed the several factors to consider in determining whether one qualifies as a Jones Act seaman and if their case qualifies under the Jones Act.  If it does, the Jones Act allows an injured seaman to pursue many claims which are not available under other laws.  These include claims for permanent disability and future lost wages, among others.  

The Jones Act is unique and provides greatly different rights than other laws, such as the Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act (LHWCA), general maritime law, or state worker’s compensation law.  It is very important to consult with an experienced Jones Act attorney as soon as possible after an incident in order to understand your rights.  

Have You Been Injured On Your Louisiana Maritime Job?

If you've been injured at your maritime job or at sea, you need to speak with an experienced Jones Act attorney as soon as possible. Please contact me online or call my Covington office directly at 985.590.6182 to schedule your free consultation today. I help clients throughout Louisiana including Mandeville, Slidell, Bogalusa, Franklinton, Hammond, New Orleans and Metairie.

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