The Jones Act and how it protects offshore workers
Offshore Personal Injury FAQ Video Transcription
If you work out on a rig or supply boat, you may get hurt while working. If you do, the Jones Act covers you. The Jones Act requires your employer is required to pay for all your medical bills and something called “maintenance pay.” This maintenance pay will be about $50 to $75 a day, but most companies will try to only pay you $15 to $25 a day. You will have to complain and get an attorney to make sure that your attorney can get you the maintenance pay you deserve. You can get an emergency hearing if the company is not paying you the amount of maintenance incur they are supposed to be paying you. If your injuries are from the un-seaworthiness of the vessel or the negligence of the hand or captain of the vessel, you are entitled to sue the vessel for negligence, as well as pain and suffering in addition to medical expenses and lost wages.