Mississippi Maritime Law and Jones Act Attorneys Protect the Rights of Seamen
Representing injured Gulf Coast maritime and boating employees
A distinct body of laws governs maritime matters. If you have suffered a serious injury offshore or lost a loved one in an offshore accident, you may be entitled to file a claim under the Jones Act, the Death on the High Seas Act, or the Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Act. At the law firm of Cumbest, Cumbest, Hunter & McCormick, we have more than 50 years of experience with cases involving this body of law that includes protections for those who work on a boat, rig or dock.
Pascagoula personal injury attorneys with experience in maritime law
Pascagoula is Mississippi’s busiest port. It has two harbors with public and private terminals that move in excess of 35 million tons of cargo annually. Maritime workers have the risky job of keeping all that cargo moving in and out of the ports. U.S. law provides special protections for these workers in the event of a workplace injury.
Maritime law is quite complex and requires knowledge beyond personal injury law. Since the burden to prove negligence is with the injured party, you need attorneys who have experience investigating and litigating personal injury claims under maritime law. Offshore accidents that fall under maritime law include the following:
You may be able to recover damages for medical expenses, funeral and burial expenses, lost wages, including future earnings, loss of enjoyment of life, and physical and emotional pain and suffering.
Who is eligible to file a claim under the Jones Act?
The Jones Act, also known as the Merchant Marine Act of 1920, protects seamen who are injured on the job. If the injury was caused by the negligence of the employer or a coworker, the victim can seek compensation for injuries and past and future economic losses.
To qualify for the Jones Act, a seaman must work at least 30 percent of the time on a specific boat or with a specific fleet. To file a claim under the Jones Act, the injury must have occurred while the worker was on a ship or offshore rig.
Contact a Mississippi law firm well-versed in maritime law to discuss your case
Let the experienced personal injury attorneys at Cumbest, Cumbest, Hunter & McCormick help you determine the course of action that is in your best interest. Call us at 866-461-1591 or contact us online to schedule a confidential consultation today.