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Contact a Jones Act lawyer at The Young Firm's New Orleans, Louisiana office to schedule a free consultation and case review.

The Young Firm
400 Poydras Street, Suite 2090
New Orleans, Louisiana 70130

Toll Free: (504) 608-6308
Local: (504) 608-6308
Facsimile: (504) 680-4101

Jones Act Lawyer in New Orleans, Louisiana

Since the inception of the Jones Act, thousands of injured seaman – deck hands, fishermen, divers, etc. – have successfully brought Jones Act claims against employers whose negligence has resulted in catastrophic personal injury and wrongful death. Each Jones Act lawyer at our New Orleans, Louisiana office knows the law and is able to determine what victims are legally entitled to and what employers and insurance companies are required to provide. The Young Firm can help you obtain the maximum compensation allowable by law. In fact, since the establishment of our firm more than 40 years ago, our maritime and admiralty attorneys have recovered millions of dollars in verdicts and settlements on behalf of countless injured seamen. Our clients are able to rest assured in the knowledge that their case is in qualified, expert hands. If you or a loved one has been injured while at sea, contact a Jones Act lawyer at The Young Firm's New Orleans, Louisiana practice today.

What is the Jones Act?

The Jones Act is a federal statute that allows an injured seaman to sue their employer for the damages he or she has suffered as a result of work-related injury. The Jones Act applies to seamen injured on ships, offshore oil rigs, barges, tug boats, tankers, riverboats, shrimp boats, trawlers, fishing boats, ferries, water taxis, and all other vessels on the ocean or intra-coastal rivers and canals; it also applies to commercial divers and other underwater personnel.

Generally, any worker who spends more than 30 percent of his or her time on a vessel in navigation qualifies as a seaman according to the Jones Act. An employee that does not qualify for a Jones Act claim may instead be covered under the Longshore and Harbor Workers' Act.

If you or a loved one has been injured, contact a Jones Act lawyer at our New Orleans, Louisiana office. Our attorneys will carefully evaluate your claim, explain your legal options and help you pursue compensation for your injuries.

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Jones Act vs. Workers' Compensation

Jones Act lawsuits, while superficially similar to workers' compensation claims, are in fact very different and require an experienced, specially skilled lawyer. Successful workers' compensation claims cover medical bills and a portion of lost wages. Conversely, if your injury was caused by the negligence of your employer or a co-employee and you qualify as a seaman according to the Jones Act, you may be eligible to collect compensation for all of your expenses and losses. This includes money for pain and suffering, past and future medical expenses, and past and future lost wages and fringe benefits.

Claims made through the Jones Act provide comparatively larger cash settlements than civil claims, and additional damages can be collected if negligence was involved. To schedule a free consultation to discuss your Jones Act case, contact a lawyer at our New Orleans, Louisiana office. Serving clients throughout the Gulf Coast region, The Young Firm can help you obtain the maximum compensation to which you are entitled.

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Contact a Jones Act Lawyer

If you would like to speak with an experienced attorney regarding a potential Jones Act claim, please contact The Young Firm today. Schedule a free consultation today. A Jones Act lawyer, serving New Orleans and Louisiana clients statewide, will protect your rights and fight for fair compensation on your behalf.

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