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Jones Act Lawsuits

A Jones Act lawsuit (or Jones Act "claim") is the pursuit of a legal remedy for injuries incurred by a maritime worker (i.e., an individual who is injured in the course of work that contributes to the function of the vessel he was serving aboard or to the purpose of the vessel's voyage). Maritime law provides a set of legal rights to injured seamen and other maritime workers, including the right to bring a Jones Act lawsuit.

An individual who feels that he or she may have a Jones Act lawsuit should first seek out an attorney with the requisite experience with Jones Act law. This field of law is quite complex, and most lawyers do not have enough knowledge of the Jones Act to effectively represent a plaintiff with a Jones Act claim.

Jones Act Lawsuit Funding

In light of the complexity of Jones Act litigation and the length of time that it may take to obtain compensation from a court award or settlement, some plaintiffs (the injured individual or his/her representative) use the option of Jones Act "lawsuit funding" to get a cash advance against their expected award or settlement. Such funding is available from a variety of reputable companies that provide the funds to plaintiffs whose cases qualify.

The Jones Act lawsuit funding can be used for living expenses, etc., but the funding is generally paid back with interest. If you feel that you might need advance funding during the duration of a Jones Act lawsuit, it's best to discuss your concerns with your lawyer rather than go straight to a lawsuit-funding company - these companies are in business to make a profit.

Compensation in a Jones Act Lawsuit

A successful Jones Act lawsuit will result in an agree-upon settlement from the employer and/or insurance company or a court-litigated award, either of which can provide:

  • medical expenses such as hospitalization, surgery, medication
  • lost wages - as long as the injury was at least partly the employer's fault, a worker can receive money that replaces the wages for the period in which he was unable to work
  • permanent disfigurement - e.g., loss of vision or hearing, loss of a limb, or any other visible condition
  • lost earning capacity - e.g., if the worker was making $50,000/year before the injury but only $35,000 after, the lost earning capacity would be $15,000/year
  • disfigurement
  • mental anguish

For more information about initiating a Jones Act lawsuit, contact a Jones Act lawyer today.

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