Most maritime workers think that the Jones Act only covers offshore injuries, like the kind suffered on a vessel in navigation like a cargo ship or fishing boat. However, the Jones Act actually carries special interpretations that protect maritime workers from injuries suffered onshore as well – even if you’re not actively working on the boat when the injury happens.
Does The Jones Act Cover Onshore Injuries?
By definition, the Jones Act covers all crewmember injuries sustained during the course of your employment with any maritime company, so long as the injuries were caused by employer negligence. This includes injuries sustained while working on a dock, embarking or disembarking from a vessel, or even working on a third-party premises like a warehouse or cargo facility.
Generally speaking, if you’re a maritime employee who spends at least 30% of his or her time onboard a vessel in navigation during the course of your employment, the entire Jones Act applies to you, even if you’re injured while not onboard the vessel itself. The Jones Act requires that shipowners and employers furnish their workers with a safe place to work, regardless of where the injury might occur.
What Should I Do If I Am Injured Onshore?
The experienced Jones Act lawyers at O’Bryan Law have handled many cases where the injury was sustained off the vessel and still covered by the Jones Act. If you’ve been injured while employed by a maritime company – whether on or off the vessel – contact O’Bryan today and let us make you a winner.