If your loved one was killed while at sea, you might be entitled to file a wrongful death claim under the Jones Act. The family member of a seaman killed on the job is generally entitled to compensation through a wrongful death claim. However, it is important to discuss your case with an attorney to determine your legal rights.
At the Law Office of Roy A. Boujaoude, P.C., we represent seamen and their families in Jones Act claims throughout Houston and the surrounding areas. Our lawyers will help walk you through the process and determine the best course of action to get you the compensation you deserve. If your loved one was killed while working at sea, contact our office at (713) 690-2277 to schedule a free consultation.
The Jones Act allows injured seamen to bring a claim for damages if they are hurt while on the job. It also allows for family members to file a lawsuit if their loved one is a seaman killed while working on a vessel. To determine whether you have a valid cause of action, you need to speak to an attorney.
Only the personal representative of a seaman’s estate can file a wrongful death claim under the Jones Act. However, family members such as a surviving spouse, child, or other dependent may be entitled to compensation from the claim.
The personal representative of a seaman who died on the job is required to file a wrongful death claim within three years of the seaman’s death. Failure to file a claim within the statute of limitations could result in your case being denied.
If your loved one died at sea and qualifies as a seaman under the Jones Act, you might be entitled to compensation from a wrongful death claim.
A Jones Act claim for a deceased seaman may provide compensation for:
If your loved one was killed because the vessel was unseaworthy, you might be entitled to additional compensation. In some instances, you may be awarded punitive damages if the vessel was deemed unseaworthy.
At the Law Office of Roy A. Boujaoude, we know that no amount of money will ever fully compensate you for the loss of your loved one. We understand how challenging these times must be for you and your family.
Our legal team is here to help in any way that we can. A wrongful death claim under the Jones Act can help provide compensation to you and your family to alleviate the financial hardship created by an unexpected loss. If your loved one died while on a vessel, contact our office at (713) 690-2277 to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation.