Workers’ compensation laws are an important legal tool empowering injured workers to seek financial compensation for injuries suffered at work. Unfortunately, these laws do not apply to workers whose jobs take place on the water outside the jurisdiction of any state’s workers’ comp laws.
Fortunately, however, workers at sea — and on rivers and lakes — are protected by the Jones Act. The Jones Act specifically exists to offer certain forms of workers’ compensation protections to seamen, who are employees who spend significant time on a vessel as part of their job.
At The Gori Law Firm, we have significant experience in both workers’ compensation law throughout the United States and specifically in Jones Act cases. If you’re injured on the job while on a seafaring or river vessel, we can help you obtain financial compensation for your injury that can be used to defray the cost of medical bills, lost wages and other expenses triggered by your injury.
Understanding The Limits Of The Jones Act
Unlike workers’ compensation laws, the Jones Act applies only when your employer is found to be at fault for the injury. That is a deeply important difference that limits the range of situations in which the Jones Act applies.
One of the best reasons to work with a skilled lawyer after your injury is that we can help you understand exactly which laws apply in your case and how to proceed in litigation. Our highest priority is helping you obtain the full compensation to which you are entitled for your injury.
Learn More About The Jones Act In A Free Initial Consultation
If you have been involved in a work-related accident in a seafaring or river vessel, or if you have lost a family member to such an accident, you need to understand how to recover the maximum compensation you deserve. Jones Act claims can often be complex, especially when they involve a temporary or permanent disability, and it takes an attorney with the necessary experience and skill to effectively handle a case.
For a free initial consultation and to learn what legal options may exist, contact The Gori Law Firm. You can reach us online or by phone at 888-362-6890. From our offices in Edwardsville, Illinois, in the St. Louis metro area, we represent injured workers and other injury victims throughout the United States.