Admiralty Maritime:

Jones Act FAQs

How does the Jones Act define maintenance?

Maintenance is the concept of daily expenses involving shelter and food that sea workers would have received if they remained on the ship where they worked.

If I am injured working at sea, how long do I have to file a Jones Act claim?

The statute of limitations (or time limit to file a claim) is three years in duration. The time limit begins from the date of your injury or the date you reasonably should have discovered the injury. If you wait longer than three years to file a claim, it will be dismissed.

How can a maritime lawyer help my with my Jones Act claim?

The Jones Act can be complex and confusing. A maritime attorney can guide you through the technicalities of the Act. The maritime lawyer can also work with your employer and insurance company.

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