Compensation for Seaman and Fisherman

Compensation for Seaman and Fisherman

The Jones Act provides for substantial compensation to injured seamen. In addition to “maintenance and cure,” or the cost of their room, board, and medical care while they are getting well, the Jones Act provides for greater and more comprehensive remedies on a showing of unseaworthiness or negligence. This sort of recovery includes past and present loss of income (including fringe benefits), or wage earning capacity, past and future medical expenses, life care expenses, pain and suffering damages, and whatever other “proximate damages” or other losses that might be caused by the accident in question.