There are several different types of maritime laws and protections afforded those who work in the maritime industry. From people stationed on vessels to oil rig workers and harbor and dock workers, there are specific protections in place should one become ill, injured, or die.
The laws and regulations that protect the rights of those in the maritime industry can and do vary. Each illness, accident, and injury is examined in precise detail to help determine which laws, regulations, and acts apply to each individual maritime worker.
In some cases, certain laws, regulations, and acts could still apply even when they might seem like they would not. For example, the Jones Act affords protections to those in the service of a vessel in navigable waters. Navigable waters not only include oceans but also inlets, rivers, lakes, and ships docked in ports. If a worker is injured or dies while onboard a docked vessel, and they are in the service of said vessel, then the Jones Act would still apply. In fact, the Jones Act may apply to seamen who are injured even on land in certain circumstances.
For further information about maritime law, specific maritime laws, and getting compensated for illnesses, injuries, or the death of a loved one, we encourage you to continue reading and reviewing the following infographic.
If you or a loved one became ill, was injured, or died and worked in the maritime industry, please feel free to contact Johnson Garcia LLP to speak with one of our maritime injury lawyers today!