Seaman’s Claims – Admiralty And Maritime Law Injury Claims

seaman's claims

Working aboard a sea-going vessel can be extremely dangerous. Because of the hazardous nature of their work, seamen and crew members frequently risk serious personal injury and even death in the course of their employment. The Miami, Florida maritime lawyers at Hannon Legal Group are available to help you recover the compensation you deserve.

Fortunately, federal maritime law provides some protection for seamen under what is known as the Jones Act.

Jones Act

The Jones Act is a federal statute enacted by congress which provides for compensation for seamen for death or injuries they suffer during their employment on sea-going vessels or offshore oil rigs. The term “seaman” applies broadly to people who work aboard most types of commercial vessels including cruise ships, cargo ships, water taxis, charter boats or yachts, fishing boats, oil rigs, tankers, and other watercraft as well as divers working under water.

Under the Jones Act, a seaman can receive compensation if he is injured while on the job. An employer may be liable for Work-related injuries resulting from employer negligence, the negligence of other crew members or because of defective or poorly maintained equipment.

Injuries for which compensation may be available under federal admiralty and maritime law include but are not limited to: traumatic brain injury, anoxic brain injury, spinal cord injury, amputation, brain damage generally, fractures and orthopedic injuries and death.

Because the statute of limitations for Jones Act claims is three years from the date of the incident, you should contact a Miami, Florida admiralty and maritime law attorney as soon as possible if you want to make a claim for any injury related to your work as a seaman.


Seamen who are injured or killed aboard a vessel because of unsafe working conditions or unsafe equipment can file a claim for "unseaworthiness" against the owner or operator of the vessel and recover compensation for personal injury or wrongful death.

There are many types of unseaworthiness claims. Some examples include claims for injuries or death arising out of unsafe work practices, unsafe work environment, lack of life-saving equipment, defective machinery and tools, vessel defects, slippery walking surfaces and lack of crew member training.

The Miami, Fl maritime litigation attorneys at Hannon Legal Group have extensive experience in handling seaman’s claims under the Jones Act. If you or someone you know works on a ship or oil rig and has been injured or killed in the course of employment, contact a Miami, Fl admiralty and maritime law attorney at Hannon Legal Group for a free consultation or call (866) 835-6872 to speak with a Miami, Fl admiralty lawyer today.