Elizabeth DiNardo, Esq.,
Legal Staff Writer
In light of the recent devastation in Puerto Rico caused by hurricanes, the Merchant Marine Act of 1920—commonly known as the Jones Act—and its effect on sea commerce has come into focus in the news. The Jones Act is crucial to understanding how seamen can gain recovery for injuries sustained aboard ship, under the Federal Employers Liability Act. Under the Jones Act, not only are work-related injuries covered, but also injuries sustained while living onboard a vessel or coming or leaving the vessel.
It is important to note while the employee is responsible for proving negligence, the negligence does not have to be the sole proximate cause of the injury. Negligence on the part of the owner/ master of the vessel may include factors such as:
Once negligence has been established, damages under the Jones Act may include:
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