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Statute of limitations for filing a claim under the Jones Act

There are many different types of workplace injuries every year in Florida. These injuries can also occur in many different types of professions both on land and on the water. Most workers are entitled to some form of compensation if they are injured on the job, but where the compensation comes from depends on where the person was working. Most people working on the land may be eligible for workers' compensation benefits, but if they are working on the water they may need to seek compensation through the Jones Act.

This is a special law that covers only seaman meaning they spend at least 30 percent of their time on ships on the water, are working on the ships at the time and the ships were in operation. The law provides the injured seamen with compensation for medical expenses and lost income if the ship's operator's negligence contributed to the maritime accident in any way even if it was not the main reason for the accident.

However, in order to be able to receive this compensation, the injured worker must file the claim within three years of the injury. However, this time does not start until the injury is discovered so if it is not discovered until a year after the accident then that is when the three years start. Also, the worker must first report it to the government and allow them six months to investigate and make a settlement offer before filing a lawsuit in court. It is important that injured workers follow these time limits because if they wait too long they could be barred from filing a lawsuit and receiving compensation.

There are many people who work on various ships and other vessels on the water in Florida. These individuals can have very demanding jobs and when accidents occur workers can suffer severe injuries and miss time at work. This can be very costly for the victim, but they may be able to receive compensation through the Jones Act. Experienced attorneys understand the importance of this compensation and may be able to guide one through the process.

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