What Limitations Does the Jones Act have?

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Like everything else there are restrictions and limitations and the Jones Act is no different. The Jones Act does protect workers who work at sea. It was established in 1920 but circumstances change on occasion and laws must change as well. Because there were dangers on a ship while men were working, the Jones Act was established to protect them.

Because the Jones Act was not clear on who was covered and what was covered people starting to question the act and presented it in front of the Supreme Court. They wanted to make the Jones Act an up to date law which presented more details to those working at sea so they would know what was covered.

The limitations under the Jones Act state that if an injury occurs while working at sea you have three years from the day that you were injured to file a lawsuit. The reason why you are given up to three years is because some complications from an injury may not show up until later on. The three year limitation is enough time to determine if something is the result of your injury on the job. Within this time you have the right to file a lawsuit in order to get reimbursed for any injury complication that may arise.

Unfortunately the Jones Act today still has some uncertainty to it and that is why it is necessary to hire a lawyer when you have been injured at sea. Because almost every situation is different you want to make sure that your rights are covered and everyone involved is treated fairly. You also want to make sure that you are compensated for all medical expenses and loss of wages while you are recovering from your injury.

If you have been injured and experience complications from that injury immediately you will want to file a lawsuit that will get your medical bills paid for and will also pay you lost wages. You want to file as soon as you can and not delay filing until you run out of money. You will only be awarded a claim if it is determined that your injury complications were delayed.

You will need to find a lawyer that can represent you. Find a lawyer that has experience in Maritime injuries. You will also want to know how many cases the lawyer has represented. Always keep up with all the paperwork regarding your injury. You will need this information to present to the lawyer who will be handling your case.

You will also need to keep all medical appointments relating to your injury so you can show that you are taking care of the injury. You need to keep a record of your appointments on a calendar so you can show the lawyer how this injury has affected your schedule.

You should receive your benefits but it may take the help of a lawyer to receive them. If you feel that your company is delaying paying you anything for you’re on the job injury you need to quit talking to them and start talking to a lawyer.

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