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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 not being honest, your case will be thrown out and you will be left with nothing. I have seen it happen to many people.
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Workers who are hurt on land generally have access to workers’ compensation benefits, but workers who get hurt on the water are usually covered by the Jones Act or similar laws. While these laws and protections have some things in common, they are very different in practice. But that doesn’t mean it’s a bad thing for seamen, “brown water” workers, and workers on offshore rigs. In fact, being covered by the Jones Act can have some significant benefits over workers’ compensation programs, such as:
- You can see a doctor of your own choice. Under the Jones Act, you have a free choice of physician. Under workers’ compensation, you may be forced to see a doctor approved by your employer or the insurance company.
- You are entitled to money for your medical care and living expenses. Under existing maritime laws, employers are required to pay “maintenance” benefits to help with living expenses while a worker is unable to work and “cure” to cover medical expenses until the worker reaches “maximum medical improvement.”
- You can sue for negligence. If you receive workers’ compensation benefits, you lose the right to sue your employer for ignoring safety, failing to maintain equipment, or oth
- erwise causing your injury. Under the Jones Act and similar laws, however, you retain the right to sue your employer for negligence.
If you have any questions about the Jones Act or how your expenses related to an injury at work will be covered, you need to find an attorney who has a solid background in maritime cases and can help you understand what you need to do to make your case a success. Workers who get injured on the water are often misled or mistreated by employers and insurance companies looking to minimize their responsibility for an accident, and it’s too easy to fall for tricks and traps that could wreck your chances to recover benefits if you don’t understand your rights under the law.