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Maritime Injuries - Damages under the Jones Act

The Jones Act is a federal law that gives seamen who are injured in the course of their employment the right to sue their employer for negligence and collect damages. Under the Jones Act, a maritime employer must provide the seamen with a reasonably safe place to work, and use ordinary care to maintain and keep the vessel on which the seamen work in a reasonably safe condition. Almost any unsafe condition on a vessel, no matter how small, can lead to liability under the Jones Act. In these cases the maritime injuries allow damages under the Jones Act.

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