On Board Ship Injuries

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If your injury occurs while you are on board a ship you have rights to compensation that is different from other injuries. The Jones Act protects anyone injured on board ships. A lawyer specializing in maritime workers who are injured on ships will help you determine what rights you have and help you get the compensation you deserve. You have rights regarding medical, unearned wages, and maintenance.

Protection for Injuries at Sea

Your medical rights are protected under the Jones Act. The employer is responsible for paying all medical expenses related to an injury on the job. You can receive payment for all doctor visits, emergency room visits pertaining to the injury, hospital stays, any surgery associated with the injury, x-rays received, any tests done to determine an injury or the extent of the injury, any physical therapy related to the recovery of an injury, and any transportation expenses related to the injury. You will never need to pay a deductible in order to receive benefits with an on the job injury.

What Expenses are Covered?

Unearned Wages

Unearned wages are required of the employer if a worker has been injured while working on a ship. Under the Jones Act you will receive wages you would have earned if you were not injured. Ship workers may be hired as seasonal workers. If this is the case you will be compensated for any time left.

Maintenance

Maintenance is another expense that an employer is responsible for. This includes any room and board that is incurred when you leave the ship. Most of the time the room and board is included on the ship when you work for them but when you leave the ship due to an injury you will need room and board at or near where you receive treatment.

Employment Contracts Regarding Injuries

When hired you may be asked to sign a contract which covers a lot of these topics. Make sure you read the entire contract before signing it. In some cases the contract can be broken but it takes time and money to overturn.

When an injury occurs on board the ship it needs to be reported immediately. Do not wait to report an injury or this may affect the outcome of a lawsuit. When an injury occurs on the ship you may be eligible for compensation for pain or suffering, loss of income, and more. 

On board ship injuries are sometimes unavoidable. There may be different types of reasons why an injury occurred. It may be due to poor working conditions or negligence on the part of the employer. It may be due to the carelessness of other employees working on the ship. Regardless of the reason it is important to seek representation as soon as possible.

If you have been injured on board a ship you want to speak to a lawyer that specializes in Maritime cases. You want to make sure that they have experience in cases involving the Jones Act. They will give you the representation that you deserve and help you get the amount of compensation you and your family need. An accident shouldn’t be something that you need to pay for.

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