Law Office of Michael L. Hebert
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Helping Injured Sea Workers With Jones Act Claims

The Jones Act was enacted in 1920 and is designed to provide an avenue of compensation for workers at sea who are injured by the negligent acts of their employers or supervisors. It also helps workers secure compensation if they have been injured on a vessel that is not considered seaworthy. This area of law can be complicated and it is important to have experienced legal counsel on your side to help guide you through this process.

Michael L HebertI am Michael Hebert, an attorney in Baton Rouge with more than 30 years of experience. As a lifelong Louisiana resident, I understand the dangerous conditions that workers at sea must endure. I am committed to helping injured workers recover the full and fair compensation they need to move forward with their lives. If you have been seriously injured in a while working out at sea, call me at 225-612-9444 to schedule a free initial consultation to discuss your case.

Jones Act Claims: Eligibility

The Jones Act only applies to a certain section of workers who are employed at sea. In order to make a claim under the Jones Act, you must:

  • Spend at least 30 percent of your time on a seagoing vessel. This includes vessels used on rivers and lakes.
  • Be assigned to a seagoing vessel, such as a tugboat, supply ship, oil tanker or any other type of vessel.
  • Work on a vessel that can be moved from place to place.

In order to make a successful claim for compensation, you must prove that your employer or the owner of the ship was to blame for the accident. Things can get complex very quickly when it comes to maritime law. In some cases, the Jones Act may not even apply. Pursuing a claim under the Longshore and Harbor Workers' Compensation Act may make more sense. I will thoroughly review your situation and help you explore all available options.

Contact A Lawyer Who Is Experienced In Admiralty Law

Failing to properly pursue a claim for an injury that occurs at sea can leave you ineligible for compensation. Get the skilled legal counsel you need from the beginning. For a free initial consultation, call 225-612-9444. You may also contact me online. I handle all cases on a contingency fee basis, which means you owe me nothing unless I am successful in recovering compensation on your behalf.

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