The U.S. Merchant Marine Act of 1920 is more commonly referred to today as the Jones Act. In many respects, the Jones Act is a workers’ compensation plan for workers injured in the performance of their job on a commercial vessel. Under the Act, commercial mariners and fishermen are considered wards of the federal government, to ensure they have a jurisdiction to appeal to for damages and claims against owners of commercial vessels, in the event of an injury or claim for wages and earnings.
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THE KAPLAN/BOND GROUP is recognized as one of the nation’s leading Jones Act law firms representing the legal needs of seamen throughout the United States. Our lawyers have more than 30 years of trial experience in the very complex area of maritime and admiralty law.
Our clients include:
If you have been injured while earning your living at sea, it is important to understand that admiralty and maritime law is NOT LIKE common law. There are nuances and differences that even the most experienced trial attorneys don’t know, unless they have worked in cases involving Jones Act claims. Our firm offers maritime law experience.
If you have been injured at sea, or have lost a loved one in a fatal accident while working on a vessel, talk to us right away. We have trial experience at every level of admiralty and maritime litigation. Our most recent landmark victory was achieved before the United States Supreme Court in the case of Stewart v. Dutra Const. Co., 543 U.S. 481 (2005). The ruling expanded the rights of injured seamen nationwide. The Stewart decision is an example of our ability to challenge the law and, when necessary, change it.
Contact us to learn more about the Jones Act and how we can help you file a successful claim for damages.