Jones Act Lawyer

Experienced Houston Jones Act Attorney

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Injured maritime workers who are employed on vessels traveling the navigable waters of the United States are not covered by workers’ compensation or certain other state-worker protection laws. As such, if a maritime worker is injured aboard an ocean or sea vessel, he must turn to federal maritime laws to recover compensation for his injuries.

The Merchant Marine Act of 1920, a/k/a the Jones Act is one example of a federal maritime law that protects workers and provides them with compensation after a work injury or injury aboard an ocean or sea vessel. Those who work on offshore oil rigs are generally covered by the Jones Act as well.

While the Jones Act provides you with comprehensive benefits after your injury, it can be complicated to determine if you are covered under the Act and to make a claim. For help, contact Simmons and Fletcher, P.C. today. We have represented injured maritime workers throughout Texas and the surrounding areas and our Jones Act lawyers can put our legal expertise to work for you.

Am I Eligible for a Jones Act Claim?

The Jones Act covers sailors, seamen and other maritime workers who are working aboard either an ocean or sea vessel that is not fixed to the ocean floor. Those working on oil rigs, offshore platforms or an SPV may also be covered under the Jones Act.

If you are an eligible maritime or offshore worker and you qualify for benefits under the Jones Act, you also must prove that your injury occurred in the course of performing work duties and that your employer was negligent in some way that led to your injury. This is different from state workers’ compensation protection which provides workers’ with coverage regardless of whether an employer was negligent.

It’s also important to note that those who are not eligible for a Jones Act claim may be eligible to make a claim for compensation under the Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act.

Compensation under the Jones Act

The Jones Act provides more comprehensive coverage than either state workers’ compensation benefits or the Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act. It allows not only for coverage of medical costs and payment for disability and/or reduced income/earning potential, but it can also provide compensation for pain and suffering and other economic and non-economic losses. This is an important difference from the Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act, which does not provide any payment for pain and suffering.

Hire a Jones Act Lawyer

When you make a Jones Act Claim, you may settle the claim with your employer or you may need to pursue a lawsuit in court to receive the compensation you deserve. In either case, it is important to be represented by a skilled maritime accident attorney who can help you to make a successful case by proving the extent of your damages.

To learn more about the Jones Act or for help in determining if you have a case, contact Simmons and Fletcher, P.C., today to set up a free consultation!


Paul Cannon

Paul Cannon has practiced personal injury trial law since 1995. He is Board Certified in Personal Injury Trial Law (2005). He has earned recognition as a Super Lawyer by Thompson Reuters in 2017 & 2018, and as a Top 100 Trial Lawyer by the National Trial Lawyers Association in 2017. He is a Shareholder, trial lawyer and online marketing manager at Simmons and Fletcher, P.C. His legal writings have been published by the Texas Bar Journal,, HG Legal Resources,, and others. He has been asked to give education talks and media interviews on dog bite law.