The Jones Act was written to protect those working on ships, oil rigs or other sea-going vessels. The Jones Act allows for these injured seamen to seek compensation for their injuries during their employment on the vessel. Under the Jones Act, the injured worker must prove the owner was negligent or at fault for the injury. The Jones Act reflects that a ship can be extremely dangerous and that an employer may become liable for even a slight breach of duty which contributes to the injury.
An injured seaman can also make a claim against the vessel owner based on the claim that the vessel was not seaworthy. Jones Act litigation aims to recover damages for past and future economic losses, in addition to non-economic losses.