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February 9, 2022

Who is covered under the Jones Act?

For seamen or maritime employees injured at work, workers’ compensation isn’t available.  Instead, these work-related injuries are covered by the Jones Act. This federal law makes the provisions of the Federal Employers Liability Act available to maritime employees.  Lassiter Law of Houston, Texas fully understands the Jones Act and how it can help maritime employees who have been injured at work.  

What is a Jones Act Injury? 

A Jones Act injury is any work-related injury to someone who works on a ship or vessel at sea at least 30% of the time.  This can include anyone from crew members to captains. The Jones Act requires a seagoing employer to “use ordinary care to maintain and keep the vessel on which the seaman works in a reasonably safe condition.”  Failure to do so, means that this employee is eligible to sue for negligence.  Lassiter Law of Houston, Texas defends these victim’s rights when they’ve been hurt at sea. 

How do I file a personal injury lawsuit? 

A Jones Act injury lawsuit is filed in either state or federal court. However, it must be filed within three years of the date of injury.  It is required that you report the injury within seven days to your captain or a supervisor.  You must fill out an accident report and then you should seek medical help.  This is important because if you don’t, the insurance company will assume you have not been hurt.  If you are severely injured, a Coast Guard helicopter should take you immediately to an acute care hospital on land.  Keep all documentation of your medical records for your case.  

Call to Schedule a Free Consultation With a Houston Personal Injury Lawyer Today

Personal injury lawyers at Lassiter Law Firm help those who work on ships and vessels who have been injured. We are dedicated to helping you get the compensation that you deserve with your Jones Act injuries. We are based in Houston, Texas and look forward to helping those throughout the Houston area including Houston Metroplex, DFW Metroplex, Galveston, Corpus Christi, Austin, and San Antonio, TX.  If you or a loved one have suffered a Jones Act injury, call us today. Visit our web page at or call us at (713) 521 – 0104 regarding your free initial consultation today.



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