What is The Jones Act?
The Jones Act governs transportation of merchandise between U.S. ports. To participate, a vessel must be built in the United States, flagged (or registered in the United States), be owned by a company with 75% U.S. ownership, and crewed by 75% American sailors.
How Does The Jones Act Benefit Southeast Louisiana?
Southeast Louisiana’s First Congressional District is number one for Jones Act jobs.
• The district supports 33,590 jobs that generate an $8.97 billion economic impact for the state.
• Between 2011 and 2016, 8,540 new Jones Act jobs were created in LA-01.
• Louisiana overall has 70,780 Jones Act jobs with an $18.2 billion economic impact.
• Nationally, the maritime industry supports 648,220 jobs and generates a $154.8 billion economic impact.
How Does The Jones Act Benefit Injured Workers?
The Jones Act is also helpful to injured Jones Act Seamen insofar as it allows an injured Jones Act Seaman to recover full compensation for his injuries. Most workers compensation systems such as the Louisiana Workers Compensation Act and Longshore & Harbor Workers Compensation Act only provide for a limited recovery, including weekly or biweekly wage loss benefits and medical benefits and limited death benefits for certain people. However, the Jones Act permits the Jones Act Seaman to recover for the seaman’s related past and future loss of income, expenses of medical care, pain and suffering and disability (loss of enjoyment of activities of normal life). For death, the seaman’s representative can recover for certain relatives their financial losses and compensation for the seaman’s pain and suffering.
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