Admiralty Maritime:

Ship, Tanker and Freighter Crew

The Jones Act covers employees who work on tankers, freighters and ships. The Act provides that any seaman (person who works on a vessel) is entitled to compensation if their injury stems from the negligence of their employer, ship’s owner, co-worker or third party. In addition, if the injury occurred because of the unseaworthiness or unsafe working conditions on the ship, the crew member may also be eligible for compensation. Ship, tanker and freighter crew injuries may also stem from:

  • Rough weather conditions
  • Chemical exposure
  • Defective and dangerous equipment
  • Slippery surfaces
  • Fire

After you have been injured onboard, you can receive maintenance and cure regardless of fault. An injured seaman usually receives between $10 to $35 per day for maintenance, while cure covers your medical costs. However, once you reach “maximum medical improvement,” these benefits stop. Therefore, if your maritime injury is permanent, you may not receive any further compensation. Luckily, injured seamen can file a claim under the Jones Act, in addition to receiving maintenance and cure benefits. If your Jones Act lawsuit is successful, you may be able to collect for medical bills, lost wages or earning capacity, mental anguish and pain and suffering. Even if you are unsure whether the injury was caused by negligence, it is important to speak with a maritime attorney immediately.