Were You Injured While Working On The Water?
For those who work on our navigable waters, any injury is going to create issues that someone who works on land will not have to face. Workers’ compensation does not apply to seamen. Fortunately, the Jones Act offers a degree of protection.
Those who have been injured while working on navigable waters, have a right to compensation under the Jones Act. That compensation is referred to as maintenance and cure. Maintenance is financial support available during the recovery period. Cure is compensation to cover medical bills.
One unfortunate difference between workers’ compensation and claims under the Jones Act is that while workers’ compensation is a no-fault system, the Jones Act requires employer negligence to apply.
This makes it all the more important that you work with an experienced Jones Act attorney who understands how to clearly and persuasively show how the employer failed to ensure worker safety.
We offer our assistance to all injured seamen, including those injured on:
- Cruise ships
- Merchant vessels
- Container ships
Trial Lawyer Serving Injured Seamen
At the Barnes Trial Group, our firm is committed to helping injured seamen exercise their rights under the Jones Act. Like all injured workers, our clients are facing anxiety and stress about an uncertain future where their health and financial security may be at stake. We can help you fight for the full compensation you deserve under the Jones Act.
Attorney Stephen Barnes has more than 20 years of experience effectively aiding those who have been injured. At age 33, he was one of the youngest attorneys in Florida to be board-certified in civil trial law in Florida. He has an AV Preeminent* rating from Martindale-Hubbell’s peer review rating system and has been selected for inclusion in Super Lawyers every year since 2008 as well.
Jones Act Attorneys Serving Tampa And The Surrounding Areas
If you suffered an on-the-job injury in a maritime accident, turn to the Barnes Trial Group for the help you need. To schedule a free initial consultation, call 813-251-0777 or contact us online.
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