It is common knowledge that seamen are covered under the Jones Act for injuries resulting from negligence. However, other maritime occupations are also covered under the Jones Act. These occupations include offshore workers on drilling rigs, production platforms, workers who work on barges and workers who are traveling between land locations in connection with their work.
Jones Act offers various benefits to injured maritime and offshore workers. Maintenance and cure is one benefit that injured workers are entitled to receive. Under maintenance and cure, the company is required to pay the injured worker a daily pay to cover reasonable expenses while ashore. The payments should continue until the injured worker can return to work or has reached maximum medical improvement possible. Under the Jones Act, the injured worker also has the right to choose his physician. If you have suffered an injury, it would be wise to speak with a maritime attorney to ensure that you will receive all the benefits to which you are entitled. Visit https://www.CueriaLawFirm.com for a free consultation. Mr. Cueria is available to help you with your Jones Act claim.
Most individuals do not realize that Workers Compensation and Jones Act claims are different and provide a different outcome for your claim. One example of the differences is that Jones Act settlements are much larger than Workers Compensation and often life-changing. If you file for Workers Comp or other benefits, you might lose your right to pursue a Jones Act claim. Workers Comp laws were designed to provide medical care, disability payments and income benefits to employees hurt on the job, while Jones Act offers higher settlements and not only covers medical treatment but can include compensation for pain and suffering as well as the loss of life enjoyment.
If you or someone you know has been injured offshore, it’s important to seek legal help quickly. At the Cueria Law Firm, L.L.C., Brett Cueria has the experience helping injured maritime workers.
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