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About the Jones Act

The Jones Act refers to Section 27 of The Merchant Marine Act of 1920. The United States government issued the Act to secure certain rights for U.S. seamen and to protect U.S. merchant interests. It stipulates that any cargo that is to be transported between U.S. owned ports must be carried on U.S.-owned ships that are staffed by American workers. The goal of this is to protect the maritime economy from foreign companies.

The San Diego maritime law attorneys of Ritter & Associates understand the importance of maritime law and legal protection for seamen. If you or a loved one has been injured or had your rights infringed upon at sea, contact our offices today at (619) 296-0123 to discuss your case and learn more about your legal rights.

Significance of the Jones Act

The Jones Act of 1920 had a strong impact on the rights of American sailors and sea workers. It provided protection that previously did not exist in the following ways:

  • Provided a sense of job security to sailors whose jobs could have been threatened by foreign competition
  • Extended legislation to sea workers that had already existed for railroad workers
  • Stated that a seaman injured on the job has the right to pursue legal action for damages
  • Allowed for legal action against superiors and company owners on grounds of negligence or utilizing a vessel deemed to be unseaworthy

If you are uncertain about whether you may be entitled to file a civil lawsuit in the wake of an accident that has left you injured while working in the maritime industry, do not hesitate to consult with a knowledgeable attorney.

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We are committed to protecting the legal rights of American maritime workers, and if yours have been violated, you may be able to obtain financial compensation. Contact the San Diego maritime lawyers of Ritter & Associates by calling (619) 296-0123 to discuss your case.

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