Lafayette Jones Act Lawyer

At the Fazzio Law Firm in Lafayette, we represent individuals injured while working in the Port of South Louisiana, in the Gulf of Mexico and beyond. Many of these cases involve the Jones Act. Here are a few common questions and answers regarding this law:

  • What is the Jones Act?
    The Jones Act, also called the Merchant Marine Act of 1920, is a federal law that obligates maritime employers to provide compensation and benefits to seamen injured in negligence-related accidents.
  • What kind of compensation does the Jones Act provide?
    Depending on the situation, you may be eligible for compensation to cover your current lost wages, loss of future earning ability, physical and mental suffering, and current and future medical expenses.
  • Who qualifies for compensation?
    To seek benefits under the Jones Act, you must be considered to be a "seaman." If your job contributes in a substantial way to the operation of a vessel in the Gulf or another navigable waterway, you likely have seaman status. A "vessel" includes the obvious ships, tugboats and barges, but it can also include mobile offshore drilling units, jack-up rigs and other moveable structures.

Because the definitions are so stringent and maritime law is so complex, it is wise to consult a lawyer skilled in this area of law. You can trust attorney Anthony M. Fazzio to carefully evaluate your offshore accident and advise you about whether or not to pursue a Jones Act claim. Mr. Fazzio is board certified in civil trial law and brings nearly 40 years of experience to the aid of his clients.

To learn more about your rights and options after any injury in the Gulf or other waterway, arrange a free initial consultation today. Call our Lafayette office at 337-366-0919 or contact the Fazzio Law Firm by email.