Since Louisiana has such a thriving maritime industry, there are certain protections that people who work as seamen have available to file a claim after injury. The Jones Act is in place so a lawsuit can be filed against an employer to receive higher compensation than what would be available under other laws. Maritime law allows workers in this industry to utilize the Jones Act. Alternatively referred to as the Merchant Marine Act of 1920, this lets a worker who was injured file a lawsuit against an employer for negligence while they were working.
This could be negligence stemming from the employer or another employee. The employer is obligated to have a safe working environment for employees, make certain the proper training has been given regarding safety, and the workers are given safety equipment. Under the Jones Act, a worker can seek compensation for pain and suffering, mental and emotional aftereffects and lost wages. Maritime workers have much more to gain under the Jones Act than they do under a workers' compensation insurance claim.