Seattle Maritime Attorneys and Jones Act Attorneys
Compensation for Workers Injured at Sea
Kinney Law Group’s injury and disability attorneys assist Washington seamen who are injured aboard ship to receive the benefits and damages required by the Jones Act and federal maritime law.
Your Rights Under the Jones Act and Federal Maritime Law
Injured seamen can recover under the Jones Act, 46 U.S.C. §30104 and United States Federal maritime law for injuries aboard ship. A seaman injured on a vessel is entitled to maintenance and cure, without proof of fault.
Maintenance is a daily living allowance which is paid until the worker reaches maximum medical improvement.
Cure is the provision of all reasonable and necessary medical care.
Federal maritime law and the Jones Act will provide for additional damages if the ship is unseaworthy or if there is negligence involved. A seaworthy vessel is fit for its intended purpose. Various conditions will create an unseaworthy vessel, such as defective equipment, missing safety equipment, inadequate training or staffing, violation of safety codes, and excessive work hours. Damages which are recoverable include past and future wage loss, pain and suffering and disability, and medical and retraining costs.
If you were injured at sea, we encourage you to contact the Seattle maritime attorneys of Kinney Law Group to schedule a consultation to discuss your case. We look forward to answering your questions and protecting your interests.