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California Merchant Marine Attorney - Research Your Seaman Injury Case

“When I seek out professional advice, I don’t want B.S. I want it straight up, with no double talk. I figure do also. I always use plain English, with no sugarcoating no B.S lawyer talk, and no double talk- just old fashioned, unsweetened, unvarnished truth-just the way that I would want it.” - California Merchant Marine Attorney - Bill Turley

Merchant Marine Attorney Jones Act Lawyer

My Best Advice

When handling your Jones Act Case, you must always tell the truth. Nothing is more important then your credibility. If a judge assumes you are being dishonest, your case will be thrown out and you will be left with nothing. I have seen it happen to many people.

My Second Best Advice

Take the proper steps now, and do your research. Order my free book, Win your Injury Case: The Ultimate No B.S. Guide To Avoiding Insurance Company Tricks That Ruin Your Case [even before you hire a lawyer].

This book is loaded with TONS of information on winning your Jones Act Case. 

Merchant Marines

Merchant marines are Seamen. They are civilian individuals classified as members of the U.S. Merchant Marine. They are employed on board commercially operated vessels. These seamen may be hired directly by the company operating the vessel or through a marine labor union.

The United States Merchant Marine refers to the fleet of U.S. civilian-owned merchant ships, operated by either the government or the private sector, that are engaged in commerce or transportation of goods and services in and out of the navigable waters of the United States. They move cargo and passengers between nations and within the United States, operate and maintain deep-sea merchant ships, tugboats, towboats, ferries, dredges, excursion vessels, and other waterborne craft.

The crew members aboard these vessels have designations:

Able seaman, ordinary seaman, pumpmen, oilers, QMEDs, wipers, firemen, Assistant Engineers, Chief Engineers, cooks, electricians, machinery mechanics, food handlers and Captains.


The Federal Fleet

Military Sealift Command operates approximately 120 ships with 100 more in reserve. All ships are manned by civil service or contract merchant mariners, estimated to number more than 8,000. The National Defense Reserve Fleet (NDRF) acts as a reserve of cargo ships for national emergencies and defense. The
NDRF fleet now numbers approximately 250 ships.


The Jones Act

The "Merchant Marine Act of 1920," often called The "Jones Act," requires U.S.-flagged vessels be built in the United States, owned by U.S. citizens, and documented under the laws of the United States. The Jones Act requires all officers and 75% of the crew must be U.S. citizens.

Vessels satisfying these requirements comprise the "Jones Act Fleet," and only these vessels may engage in "cabotage". Meaning they can carry passengers or cargo between two U.S. ports.

The Jones Act is that it allows injured sailors to obtain damages from their employers for the negligence of the shipowner, the captain, or fellow members of the crew.


You Can Ask Us A Legal Question For Free

Many attorneys charge hundreds of dollars for an hour of their time. We don't. We know you can't afford to pay hundreds of dollars to have an attorney answer your questions. This is especially true if you are injured and can't work. Or if you lost a family member in a work accident.

So this is what we offer here: If you have a legal question about a ship accident, Seaman injury or maritime law, and you want our advice - - we will answer the question for free. With no obligation.

Just fill out the contact form and tell us about the problem and we will provide a no cost response.*

* First, although no attorney client relationship is being created by us answering your question; we still consider our communications to be confidential. Meaning, we will not reveal them to any other person or entity. We will not provide your name and/or information to any other person and/or entity. We treat your privacy very seriously.

Second, This Free Legal Advice option does not apply to persons whom already have a lawyer. If you have the right lawyer, then they should be able to answer these questions.

Research Your Maritime Law Case

Your Questions Answered - Your Legal Options Explained

Every injury victim needs good information on how to pursue their accident claim. If you have been injured you probably have a lot of questions. This website is designed to answer your questions. Use this website to research your Maritime accident and/or Seaman accident.

Disclaimer: Please understand these discussions and/or examples are not legal advice. All legal situations are different. This testimonial, endorsement and/or discussion does not constitute a guarantee, warranty, or prediction regarding the outcome of your legal matter, your particular case/ situation and/or this particular case/ situation. Thanks, Bill Turley

William Turley
“When I seek out professional advice, I don’t want B.S., I want it straight up. I figure you do also.”

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