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The Jones Act Maritime Attorney Discusses Legal Rights of Commercial Mariners Under Federal Mariti

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Published on May 27, 2015

The Jones Act is a federal maritime law that governs the legal rights of commercial mariners injured in the course of their employment. Experienced maritime attorney and former engine room officer Tim Akpinar covers some of the important elements of the Jones Act that apply to maritime employees who suffer injuries or illness as a result of an accident at sea or other shipboard condition arising from negligence or unseaworthiness. Legal remedies include pain and suffering, lost wages, and medical expenses, those last two elements also known as maintenance and cure.

Tim also addresses how the Jones Act differs from state and federal workers’ compensation laws. Because the Jones Act applies to vessel crew members, it differs from the Longshore & Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act, which generally applies to stevedores, shipyard workers, and maritime workers who do not work in the service of a vessel.
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▪ (718) 224-9824

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