If you are an offshore worker who has been injured on the job, it’s important for you to know that you have several legal avenues for collecting compensation. You may be able to collect under the Jones Act.
The Jones Act, passed in 1921, gives special rights to offshore workers because of the extra danger they face on the sea. Vessel crew members like captains, mates, and deckhands were initially covered under the act. Today, the act now includes tool pushers, drillers, and other drill crew members on special vessels like jackup rigs, drilling barges, lift boats, and crane barges.
Under the Jones Act, you can receive compensation if your employer or a fellow employee’s negligence caused your injuries. You can also recover from the vessel owner if your injuries were caused by the unseaworthiness of the vessel.
Proving a claim under the Jones Act can be difficult, which is why it helps to have an experienced lawyer on your side.
The Crowley, LA Jones Act lawyers at the Law Offices of Matt & Allen have years of experience—more than 50 combined—handling cases related to the Jones Act and maritime law. In addition, both Miles Matt and Jason Matt are degreed mechanical engineers who were previously employed in the onshore and offshore oil and gas industry. We understand the offshore industry and what it takes to succeed in a Jones Act case.