Maritime Law FAQs
We have compiled this list of the Jones Act and maritime law questions that we receive the most to help you better understand the laws that protect your rights as a maritime worker.
I was injured while working aboard a cruise vessel. What do I do now?
Even if your injury is minor, you should see the ship’s doctor to ensure there is a medical record of your injury. Your captain should also mark the injury in the log. Once you have been treated, call us. We will help you get compensation for your injury.
If I get hurt, do I need a maritime attorney?
Yes, you need to talk to an attorney who specializes in maritime law and the Jones Act. Maritime laws are very different from the laws that cover land-based workers. Seamen who are injured on the job may require a long recovery period, or may be left disabled. It’s important that you speak with a Jones Act firm to make sure you receive all the benefits available to you.
My boss asked me to sign a release when I was hurt on a commercial fishing vessel. Should I do it?
Your employer probably spoke with the company attorneys as soon as you were injured. It is in your best interest to do the same. You should not sign any form of release until you have spoken with your attorney or you could lose benefits that would have normally been available to you.
I was injured at work, and my employer said I have to see the company doctors. Is that true?
Seamen who are injured while performing job-related activities are entitled to “maintenance and cure” which are benefits that cover your medical and living expenses. To receive these benefits, you will need medical records of your injuries. While your employer tried to convince you that you must see the company doctor, you have a right to seek the medical professional of your choice.
If you have been seriously injured or if you have lost a loved one in a fatal offshore accident, speak to us as soon as possible. We have decades of experience in fighting for people in the commercial maritime industries, and we stand ready to fight for you. Fill out the form for more information.