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What are my rights if I am a Jones Act Seaman injured aboard a Special Mission Ship?

“Integrity is telling myself the truth. And honesty is telling the truth to other people.” Spencer Johnson

Jones Act Lawyer Injured Seaman Attorney

My Best Advice

The one thing I advise  anyone handling their Jones Act Case, is to always tell the truth. Always. No matter what. Do not beat around the bush or sugarcoat anything. You have to be truthful about everything dealing with your case.

If you are not honest, The judge will dismiss your case. Trust me on it. I have seen it many times.

My Second Best Advice

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 is the best free advice out there on handling the Jones Act. Trust me. This book is full of helpful information to help you and your family win your Jones Act Case.

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What is the Military Sealift Command's Special Mission Program?

Military Sealift Command's Special Mission Program has 25 ships that provide operating platforms and services for a wide variety of U.S. military and other U.S. government missions.

Oceanographic and hydrographic surveys, underwater surveillance, missile tracking, acoustic surveys, command and control, and submarine and special warfare support are just a few of the specialized services provided to:

* U.S. Fleet Forces Command
* The Oceanographer of the Navy
* Commander, Undersea Surveillance
* The U.S. Air Force
* Naval Sea Systems Command
* Navy's Strategic Systems Programs Office
* Naval Special Warfare Command
* Commander, Navy Installations Command
* The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
* Commander, Submarine Force

Most special mission ships are operated by civilian mariners who work for private companies under contract to MSC. Only three ships, USS Emory S. Land, USS Mount Whitney and USNS Zeus, are crewed by MSC's civil service mariners.

Military Sealift Command and the Jones Act

The civil service crew members and officers aboard Military Sealift Command ships are Jones Act Seaman. If they are injured aboard the vessel they have most of the same rights that Jones Act Seaman have that work aboard private vessels. If you are injured aboard a USA owed vessel then your case will probably fall under the Suits in Admiralty Act or the Public Vessel Act. All injury lawsuits under the Suits in Admiralty Act or the Public Vessel Act must be filed in US Federal District Court.

The Federal Courts are made up of Circuits. For example, if you file a lawsuit in California will be heard by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. Most Suits in Admiralty Act lawsuits can be filed in the Federal District where the injured Seaman resides.

Questions about your rights and safety?

The Turley & Mara Law Firm, APLC understands that you have questions about your rights and safety, and are probably concerned what might happen to you if you were injured aboard a Military Sealift Command vessel. We are committed to fighting to get you the justice you deserve, and maybe help you regain your peace of mind in the process. Contact The Turley Law Firm today to discuss your case with Military Sealift Command Attorney.

* USNS ABLE,
* USNS BOWDITCH,
* SSV C-CHAMPION,
* SSV C-COMMANDO,
* MV DOLORES CHOUEST,
* USNS EFFECTIVE, USNS
* USNS BRUCE C. HEEZEN,
* USNS HENSON,
* MV HOS BLUEWATER,
* MV HOS GEMSTONE,
* MV HOS GREYSTONE,
* MV HOS SILVERSTAR,
* USNS IMPECCABLE,
* USNS INVINCIBLE,
* USS EMORY S. LAND,
* USNS LOYAL, USNS
* USNS JOHN MCDONNELL,
* USS MOUNT WHITNEY,
* USNS OBSERVATION ISLAND,
* USNS PATHFINDER,
* USNS MARY SEARS,
* USNS SUMNER,
* USNS VICTORIOUS,
* USNS WATERS,
* USNS ZEUS.

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

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