One of the misconceptions that I often come across as a maritime lawyer is that the Jones Act applies only to American workers or only those workers who have been involved in injuries off US waters. While the truth is that most Jones Act cases involve workers injured off US waters, there are many cases that I have taken on that have involved foreign citizens who did qualify as seaman under the Jones Act. The Jones Act does not mention the nationality of the seaman as one of the criteria for qualification. There's no doubt that the US justice system offers injured maritime workers much higher chances for compensation than foreign laws. For instance, in the US, an injured maritime worker may pursue a claim against an employer, even if the employer is a deep-pocketed corporation. Additionally, U.S. justice allows for the recovery of punitive damages in injury cases. The damages are not awarded to compensate the victim, but rather to make examples of the defendant. Punitive damages awards can be substantial. The maritime lawyers at our firm have helped several foreign maritime workers recover compensation over the the years. These workers have been injured in accidents in a number of locations, ranging from the Gulf of Mexico to the South China Sea and beyond. If you are a non-US citizen who has been injured in a maritime accident on a vessel, speak with a maritime attorney at Vujasinovic and Beckcom.
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