Arbitration & the Jones Act
The Jones Act provides seamen and other maritime employees the right to a trial by jury when an employer’s negligence caused or contributed to a workplace injury. An arbitration agreement may nullify that right.
After a work-related injury, an employer may attempt to have the injured employee sign an arbitration agreement. A maritime employer may refuse to provide medical treatment or offer financial incentives to tempt an employee to sign such an agreement.
It may be disadvantageous for an injured maritime employee to relinquish his or her right to a jury trial. A Jones Act claim may entitle you to compensation for pain and suffering, in addition to medical expenses, lost wages, and other damages. Arbitration may minimize the compensation you receive and prevent you from appealing the decision.
A Jones Act Attorney in New Orleans Can Help Protect Your Rights
Before signing any document given to you by your employer, first consult with an attorney. If you have already signed an arbitration agreement, you still have the right to legal counsel. At the Young Firm, we focus exclusively on maritime law claims. To obtain a free Maritime Injury Law guide, or to schedule a consultation with a Jones Act attorney in New Orleans, call 866-715-3664.