Who Qualifies as a Seaman Under the Jones Act?

If you’re a seaman and got injured on the job as a result of negligence by the fleet or vessel’s owner, officers, employers, or because of a fellow crew member, you can file a legal claim against your employer under the Jones Act, also known as the Merchant Marine Act of 1920. You have the burden of proving your case by demonstrating evidence — and the claims process is time-sensitive — so you need to be quick and methodical if you want to get the compensation you need for what happened to you.

But how do you know if you qualify as a seaman in the first place? Though that answer may be clear for most captains and crew members, it may be more complex for others who spend more of their time on shore or whose job doesn’t necessarily contribute to the accomplishment of their vessel’s mission.

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Maritime Worker Injury? Know Your Rights & Options

Suffered an injury as a U.S. maritime industry worker? No matter if you’re a “seaman” or you work onshore, start here to understand what laws are there to give you protection.

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