Jones Act Cases Involving Eye Injuries

It’s a good thing that the federal government designed a law, known as the Jones Act, to protect injured seamen. Every day on the job for a seaman is dangerous. There is the unpredictable sea and weather to contend with, along with heavy machinery, equipment and tackle. Injuries are inevitable. When maritime injuries are caused by negligence, the injured seaman can pursue compensation under the Jones Act.

Eye injuries are not as common as some of the other types of maritime injuries, but they do occur and when they do, the outcome is often life changing. When a seaman sustains an eye injury from a maritime accident, it can sometimes lead to blindness.

There are two main causes of eye injuries offshore – physical and chemical. Physical eye injuries are the result of an object, such as broken metal or glass, entering the eye. Chemical eye injuries occur when the seaman is exposed to chemical fumes or when a chemical comes into direct contact with the eye. Both types of eye injuries are painful and can be serious.

If you have sustained an eye injury and you believe that negligence either on the part of the vessel owner, captain, officers or crew members caused your maritime accident, you need to contact an experienced maritime attorney. You may be entitled to financial compensation for damages incurred from your injuries, contact our law firm as soon as possible to discuss your legal options.