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The Jones Act: What is it, and how does it affect me?

As someone who works in the maritime industry, you probably face hazardous conditions regularly. Maritime jobs are incredibly dangerous; as a result, workers sometimes experience workplace injuries.

When someone is injured on the job, they have the option to apply for workers’ compensation or file a lawsuit seeking damages. But this wasn’t always the case. A law called the Jones Act allows workers the right to seek compensation for their injuries. In this post, we will take a look at the basic principles of the Jones Act and what they mean for you.

How can the Jones Act help if you are injured at sea?

In 1920, U.S. Congress enacted a federal law called the Jones Act, or the Merchant Marine Act. This act regulates commerce between US ports to ships built, owned and operated by US citizens. This protects commerce in Alaska, Hawaii and offshore US territories.

For maritime workers, it also protects them under the Federal Employer's Liability Act (FELA). They can file workers' compensation claims if they are injured working while at sea, or their families may file a wrongful death lawsuit if their family member dies at sea.

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