For most maritime accident cases it does not matter who is at fault. “Maintenance and cure” rights become effective automatically. These rights ensure that seamen get the medical care and compensation they need to achieve maximum medical recovery.
However, many cases do involve negligence on the part of the shipowner, another employee or the “unseaworthiness” of a vessel. These claims fall under a federal law known as the Jones Act. This law provides for much larger awards than most state-level workers’ compensation claims. For example, legal damages under the Jones Act often include compensation for:
- medical expenses
- lost wages
- lost earning capacity
- pain and suffering
- mental anguish
If you or a loved one has suffered injury or death in a maritime accident, it is essential that you contact an experienced Alaska maritime attorney. Obtaining full compensation for injuries under the Jones Act entails meeting several tests, including:
- Proving that the injuries resulted from employer or co-worker negligence
- Filing the case with the appropriate court within the applicable statute of limitations
- Demonstrating the worker’s status at the time the injury occurred.
- Determining which available legal remedies will provide the greatest financial recovery to the injured worker
Contact our experienced Alaska maritime attorneys for a free consultation regarding your maritime case. The dedicated attorneys at Power & Power Law have helped clients to recover millions of dollars in compensation for injuries. Call us today at 907-222-9990 or toll free at 833-669-9990.