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Maritime Injuries

The Law Offices of Adrian Crane, P.C. April 27, 2015

Personal Injury Law Under the Jones Act

The Merchant Marine Act, enacted in 1920, also known as the Jones Act, provides remedies for seamen who are injured on the job.

The Jones Act does not define a seaman, but the U.S. Supreme Court has;

  1. the worker must working on a vessel in operation on a navigable waterway

  2. the duties of the worker must contribute to the vessel’s function or mission and

  3. the connection to the vessel must be substantial in both time and nature

The Jones Act guarantees all wages to an injured or ill seaman through the end of the voyage. During the voyage and through the period of recovery, the seaman receives “maintenance” and “cure” until reaching “maximum medical improvement”. The Jones Act defines these as follows:


  • Rent or mortgage payments

  • Utility expenses

  • Costs of Food


  • Necessary medical treatment

  • Medical equipment and supplies

  • Medications for the original condition or a secondary condition

Maximum Medical Improvement

  • The condition is no longer changing or improving

  • All treatment is to offer comfort

Death on the High Seas Act (DOHSA)

This federal law provides money for families of seamen and aviators who are killed in international waters. The DOHSA applies to—

  • Wrongful deaths on vessels more than three nautical miles offshore

  • Wrongful deaths on aircraft more than 12 nautical miles offshore

  • Surviving spouses and children; they are entitled to the continuation of expected future earnings.

The Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act

This is a workers’ compensation law, and it provides for employees who are injured while working, or have illnesses that are caused or worsened by their work conditions. The law covers many types of workers:

  • Employees at American defense bases

  • Contractors for the U.S. government who are outside of the continental United States

  • Drillers – outer continental shelf drillers

  • Harbor workers

  • Longshoremen

Relief provided under the Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act includes—

  • Lost wages

  • Medical benefits

  • Rehabilitation services

For your convenience, we offer home, hospital, office and nursing home visits. Our team of professionals at The Law Offices of Adrian Crane will provide you with the experience, strategy and commitment that protect your rights and claims.

If you have been injured while working on a vessel or under any other maritime circumstance as outlined above, contact an attorney at The Law Offices of Adrian Crane. You need an experienced personal injury lawyer who limits their practice to helping people injured in all kinds of accidents including maritime accidents.

If you or a loved one has been injured in any kind of maritime accident, you owe it to yourself and your family to hire an attorney who specializes only in representing injured victims. Contact an attorney at The Law Offices of Adrian Crane by calling or by contacting us through the case evaluation form located on this website.

At our personal injury firm, you speak directly with an attorney, not just secretaries and paralegals. A Spanish-speaking attorney and staff members are available for your assistance. Se habla Español.

Attorneys associated with The Law Offices of Adrian Crane handle cases across the state of Texas. Our principal office in North Texas is in Dallas however we are happy to welcome cases from anywhere in Texas, regardless of where you live or where the accident took place.