Maritime Law: Who Is Covered?
Maritime law, sometimes called admiralty law, is the law that governs happenings on the water. General maritime law covers marine shipping laws, cargo damage and vessel arrests, but it most often concerns itself with the welfare of maritime workers.
Maritime law and the Jones Act provide many rights to seamen, including the right to seek compensation after an injury.
You are considered a seaman if you:
- Work on a vessel capable of navigating in American waters, such as an ocean vessel, tugboat, fishing boat, barge or cruise ship
- Are employed as a crew member on the vessel as a deckhand, captain, cook, engineer, rig worker or stevedore
- Spend at least 30 percent of your working time on a vessel in navigation
Quite often we deal with third party accidents over water in the Gulf of Mexico, which is covered by the Longshore & Harbor Workers Act. Whether your accident is covered under this area of the law of the Jones Act, maximizing your compensation requires the experience our team can bring to the case.
If you are a seaman who has been injured offshore, on an ocean vessel, on the Mississippi or inland waterway, finding an experienced maritime legal team to help you recover damages is very important.
Let us make the choice easy for you.
How Our Firm Can Help You
At Blake Jones Law Firm, our extensive legal team has handled numerous maritime cases, recovering compensation for workers who have suffered injuries in all types of waterway or boating accidents.
Our attorneys have extensive collective experience handling cases for those along the Gulf Coast. We have handled cases in Louisiana, Alaska, Alabama, Georgia, Florida, Mississippi and Texas. And we have secured multimillion-dollar verdicts, settlements and awards for our past clients.
Do not give up your protected rights and chance at fair compensation after an injury. Reach out to our team to find out what our lawyers can do for you.