Admiralty Maritime:

Your Rights at Sea

Injured sea workers have several rights. First, injured workers have the right to know what their rights are. Often, injured seamen are misled, either by accident or on purpose, by employers and insurers. For instance, some maritime employers treat maritime injuries as workers compensation claims without consulting the Jones Act or other maritime laws.

An injured seaman also has the right to be represented by a maritime attorney. The maritime lawyer should prepare the claim, negotiate benefits and help the injured worker find appropriate medical treatment. In addition, the worker usually has the right to have their case heard by a judge or a jury. This occurs if the injured worker and the employer/insurer cannot reach an agreement.