After an injury on a government-owned vessel, you may wonder whether or not you have any rights under federal maritime law. Even if you suffer an injury as an employee of the United States or on a public vessel, Chapter 311 provides for special rights and protections under federal maritime law. A Lafayette Jones Act lawyer can help you fully assert your rights.
Chapter 311 is known as the "Public Vessels Act." Under Chapter 311, an individual can bring a civil action against the United States for "damages caused by a public vessel of the United States," or for "compensation for towage and salvation services." Because the Public Vessels Act allows for the recovery of "damages caused by a public vessel," this provision permits a seaman to recover damages for lost wages, medical expenses, rehabilitation and pain and suffering. The Jones Act attorneys at our Lafayette firm are familiar with the nuances of this law.
The Public Vessels Act also requires proof of fault. In other words, a seaman must prove negligence or "unseaworthiness" on the part of the United States or the government-owned vessel. In order to recover under these actions, a seaman will have to prove his or her case with evidence in federal court.
At Broussard & David, our Lafayette Jones Act attorneys have years of experience representing seamen in suits against the government. We can provide you with the attention you need to understand and protect your legal rights. To schedule a free consultation with a Jones Act lawyer in the Lafayette area, call 888-337-2323 (toll-free) or 337-233-2325.