The Jones Act is a federal statute that provides a cause of action for injured seamen. It is not Workers’ Compensation. It does not require payment regardless of fault. A seaman must prove negligence or fault on the part of the vessel’s owners, operators, officers, and/or fellow employees or by reason of any defect in the vessel, its gear, tackle, or equipment, i.e., unseaworthiness of the vessel.
This means that the employer must do something unreasonable or fail to perform a reasonable act that would have prevented injury in order for the seaman to prevail. Stephen Gaubert, a professional Maritime lawyer, wants to make sure you get what you deserve.