Louisiana
Jones Act Lawyer

Maritime law gives more protection to seamen than nearly any other type of worker.

One of the biggest protections is The Jones Act, a federal law that gives seamen injured on the job the right to sue their employer for negligence.

At The Maritime Injury Law Firm, we have 20 years of experience using The Jones Act as a tool in helping injured offshore workers receive justice throughout Louisiana. We know that offshore work is not for the faint of heart, and injuries can be serious. That’s why we go after big, life-changing justice for our clients.

I hired George Vourvoulias after I suffered a back injury at work and a surgery that left me worse off than I was before. I was nervous because I was unable to work or earn any money. George explained everything to me and guided me through the process. If anyone needs help for a work injury, I recommend George Vourvoulias and his firm.
~ Darren Holmes
I hired George Vourvoulias after I suffered a back injury at work and a surgery that left me worse off than I was before. I was nervous because I was unable to work or earn any money. George explained everything to me and guided me through the process. If anyone needs help for a work injury, I recommend George Vourvoulias and his firm.
~ Darren Holmes

What is The Jones Act?

The Jones Act is a negligence statute originally passed in 1915 in an effort to protect the rights of crewmen injured or taken ill in the course of their employment.

Over the years, thousands of court decisions have interpreted The Jones Act. Its current state reveals an unusually low burden of proof: any negligence on the part of the employer/boat owner that causes or contributes to a crew member’s injury, however slight, is sufficient to base liability.

Under The Jones Act, the injured employee has the right to the following:

  • A safe place to work (including the task being performed, space, tools, and equipment provided and conditions under which the job must be performed)
  • The ability to pick their own doctor after an illness or injury
  • Compensatory damages after a work-related injury (i.e., pain, suffering, mental anguish, embarrassment, humiliation, and lost wages and earning power)

Did you know?

Offshore workers have special rights and protections—more so than any other workers in the U.S. If you’re injured at sea, you’re entitled to maintenance and cure: a seaman’s day-to-day living expenses, as well as a seaman’s medical costs. In other words, you are entitled to automatic periodic payments for any illness or injuries sustained in the service of the ship.

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Who is covered under The Jones Act?

The Jones Act protects seamen, or workers who spend a significant amount of time working as a crewmember or a captain on a ship or boat in navigation.

By “in navigation,” the law means that in order to qualify, the vessel must be:

  • Afloat,
  • In operation,
  • Capable of moving, and
  • On navigable waters

The ship or boat does not have to be moving or at sea in order to qualify, but the vessel must be considered seaworthy. (The ship could be docked, for example, in the Gulf Coast.)

This means that the vessel, her crew, equipment, and parts must be reasonably fit (and safe) for their intended use as it pertains to the injured crewmember. Unseaworthiness can arise from insufficient manpower for a task, defective equipment, or an unsafe condition — not that the vessel is about to sink. The boat owner and/or employer is responsible for injuries caused by unseaworthy conditions, whether or not they know about them.

Damages under the Jones Act

Offshore work can be dangerous, and there are many types of injuries that can occur on the job due to unsafe working conditions, improper training, or even negligence or animosity between workers.

Injuries can range from burns and broken bones to spinal cord injuries, traumatic brain injuries, and — in the worst cases — death.

If injured, an offshore worker or seaman is entitled to damages often seen in a personal injury case, including compensatory damages.

These damages may include compensation for:

  • Past and future medical expenses
  • Pain and suffering
  • Lost earnings and future wage losses
  • Living expenses during your recovery
  • Mental anguish, embarrassment, and humiliation
  • The inability to engage in recreational activities you previously enjoyed
  • Fear of future surgery
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How The Maritime Injury Law Firm can help

Maritime law is a distinct area of the law, and not all lawyers have experience in the field.

George Vourvoulias does.

With 20 years of experience with maritime injury cases throughout Louisiana, George knows the pressures placed upon crewmembers to work through injuries and illnesses — and how companies try to downplay those injuries and illnesses to trick workers into taking lowball settlements.

At The Maritime Injury Law Firm, we don’t just look at your current losses. We assess the future losses that you could sustain due to the long term effects of what you’re going through and help to make sure you still get the money you would have earned had you not been injured on the job.

With every case we take on, our job is to turn the system around and make it work in favor of the seaman, and to provide justice for hardworking people in need.

Click or call to schedule a free and confidential consultation

How The Maritime Injury Law Firm can help

Maritime law is a distinct area of the law, and not all lawyers have experience in the field.

George Vourvoulias does.

With 20 years of experience with maritime injury cases throughout Louisiana, George knows the pressures placed upon crewmembers to work through injuries and illnesses — and how companies try to downplay those injuries and illnesses to trick workers into taking lowball settlements.

At The Maritime Injury Law Firm, we don’t just look at your current losses. We assess the future losses that you could sustain due to the long term effects of what you’re going through and help to make sure you still get the money you would have earned had you not been injured on the job.

With every case we take on, our job is to turn the system around and make it work in favor of the seaman, and to provide justice for hardworking people in need.

Click or call to schedule a free and confidential consultation

Schedule a free and confidential consultation with The Maritime Injury Law Firm today

At The Maritime Injury Law Firm, we know about offshore work injuries. Our experienced Louisiana-based Jones Act attorneys will work tirelessly to make sure that you are receiving the full compensation you deserve. Contact us today to schedule a free consultation.

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