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What can an injured maritime worker receive under the Jones Act?

There are many different types of jobs that people have in Florida. Some of these jobs are on the land, but many people also have jobs at sea or work on the docks as part of the industry. However, it does not matter what type of jobs people have or where those jobs are located, it is important that all workers remain healthy so they can continue to work. Without work most people will not have an income and will be unable to provide for themselves and their families.

Many of the jobs that people work on boats can involve heavy machinery though and can be physically demanding as well. This means that if people do not follow safety protocols or have the proper safety equipment, they can suffer serious injuries in maritime accidents while simply doing their job. Most employees who are injured at work are entitled to workers' compensation benefits, but workers injured on boats have extra protections through the Jones Act as well.

If a worker is injured on a ship due to the negligence of the employer, then they may be entitled to compensation to pay for the damages caused by the employer's negligence. This compensation includes the costs for medical bills including surgeries and rehabilitation, lost wages while the worker is unable to work due to the injuries or lost future earnings if the worker is permanently injured and will never able to work again. The worker could also receive compensation for the loss of enjoyment of activities they were used to doing prior to the accident. Finally the worker could also receive compensation for the pain and suffering they endured because of the injury.

Unfortunately many workers are injured while working on boats and other jobs at sea. These injured workers may be entitled to compensation for these injuries though. The compensation can pay for a number of the economic and non-economic damages suffered by the worker. This compensation will not heal the injuries, but it can ease any financial difficulties suffered as a result, which is very valuable. Experienced attorneys understand the importance of this compensation and may be to guide one through the process.

Source: www.maritimeinjuryguide.org, "Compensation Covered Under the Jones Act" accessed on April 3, 2018

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