The Jones Act & FELA
The Jones Act and the Federal Employers Liability Act (FELA) were created to protect the livelihood of these valuable workers.
Because riverboat and railway accidents can leave you severely impaired for life, these laws allow monetary payouts to cover medical expenses. The Jones Act also covers illnesses incurred while working on a vessel. This is known as “maintenance and cure,” and it requires companies to cover the cost of room and board during recovery.
However, these awards are not automatic. A payment may depend on solid proof that a riverboat injury was caused by negligence or an unseaworthy vessel.
An experienced riverboat accident attorney who knows the nuances of the Jones Act and other maritime laws can help you seek the fullest possible compensation.