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What damages may I pursue if I am hurt in a maritime accident?

There are many occupations that may require workers to perform their duties on ships, boats and other vessels. In Hawaii, where navigable waters exist off of practically every island coast, many people make their livings by taking their work onto the ocean. For those with careers that keep them at sea, The Jones Act generally covers injuries caused by their employers and their work duties.

If a worker suffers an injury while at sea, the Jones Act may provide them with more options for pursuing their damages than other legal paths. Under the Jones Act, an injured maritime worker may pursue their medical expenses from the party or parties who caused their harm, not just those expenses incurred immediately after their injury. They may also pursue future medical expenses that are anticipated due to their accident-related harm.

Additionally, the Jones Act allows an injured worker to recover their lost earning capacity. A worker's earning capacity includes any lost income that they may have sustained when they suffered their injury, as well as any reduced capability they may have in earning their pre-injury wages in the future.

In addition to the mentioned damages that a hurt maritime worker may pursue under the Jones Act, they may also seek damages related to their pain and suffering, as well as other damages not directly tied to actual financial losses. Understanding the Jones Act and how it may benefit injured maritime workers can be complicated. Not all personal injury attorneys include maritime law in their legal practices. Therefore it is important for men and women with Jones Act claims to seek out counselors who can address their specific needs.

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