Jones Act

jones act merchant marine act of 1920The Merchant Marine Act of 1920, more commonly known as the Jones Act, is a federal act which provides employee benefits similar to State Act Workers Compensation to masters and crew members of US flagged vessels. State Act Workers Compensation programs do not cover vessel crew and these employees can file suit against their employer for negligence, the negligence of a co-employee or the unseaworthy condition of a vessel under the Jones Act.

Under the Jones Act, employees may bring suit for monetary award for the following damages: medical expense; pain and suffering, both physical and mental for the loss of a limb; mental anguish, depression or any other psychological injury; past loss income; and dollar for dollar loss in earning capacity.


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