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“Featherweight” Burden of Proof: The Jones Act Works in Favor of Injured Seamen

By Timothy Young on July 12, 2013

When it comes to civil cases, the plaintiff has the “burden of proof” or “preponderance of the evidence”.  In the case of Jones Act claims, this means that the injured seaman must prove the negligence of his or her employer or co-employee.  However, because the Jones Act relies upon a “featherweight” burden of proof, it can be easier to acquire damages in Jones Act cases than in other civil suits.

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