We Can Help You Prove Jones Act Negligence

The Jones Act is a federal law that gives seamen who were 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.

A very important part of the Jones Act is the low burden of proving the employer's negligence that causes the seaman's injury. Under the Jones Act, the injured seaman need only prove that the employer's negligence played a small partial part in causing the seaman's injuries. This means that the injured seaman would only have to show that the negligence of the employer only partially caused his or her injuries.

What Is Jones Act Negligence?

Examples of negligence under the Jones Act include:

  • Improperly maintained equipment
  • Failure to provide the crew members with the proper equipment
  • Failure to properly train the crew members
  • Failure to require the crew members to follow safe work methods
  • Maintaining an inexperienced crew
  • Operation of the vessel in bad weather
  • Grease or oil on the deck

Contact Our Jones Act Attorneys In Rhode Island

If you or someone you love has sustained a serious injury in a maritime accident in Newport or anywhere in Rhode Island, we invite you to email us or call our offices at 888-KARNS-LAW to schedule a free consultation. We have three convenient offices in Rhode Island. We can give you the information you need to make the right decisions for your family and your future.