The Jones Act Ohio Law Compensates Injured Ship Workers On Ohio River


Workers on transport vessels on the Ohio River, Lake Erie, and other inland waterways, who are injured on the job, and are seeking rightful compensation, may be covered under the Jones Act.

The Jones act is a law that provides a safety net for any maritime worker injured while performing work duties on a vessel on America’s navigable waters. To be eligible for Jones Act compensation an injured employee must prove their injury was caused by the negligence of an employer, a fellow crew member, or by unsafe conditions on the work vessel.

The protective law covers the entire network of rivers, lakes, and canals used to transport raw materials and good from state to state. The Jones Act sets environmental standards, and carefully measures the liability of an employer, and proper workplace safety standards of American-owned vessels and assigned waterway crews.

Jones Act coverage supports a wide range of American industries, including cargo and materials shipping on navigable waters, including inland waterways like the Great Lakes and the Ohio River.

A recent estimate from the Department of Labor found over 73,000 American jobs were directly attributable to the Jones Act. These jobs include the crewing of vessels, shore-side management, as well as building, maintaining, and repairing such transport vessels. Under the Jones Act, workers have the right to file civil lawsuits against employers, with the right to recover any personal damages, medical expenses, pain and suffering, disability, disfigurement, lost wages, and loss of future earning capacity.

Joe Lyon is an Ohio catastrophic injury attorney and Jones Act lawyer experienced in filing successful workplace injury claims on behalf of victims and their family.


Common Types Injuries Suffered by Ohio Workers


The Difference between the Longshoreman Act and Jones Act Ohio Laws

The Longshore & Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act (LHWCA) provides workers’ compensation to maritime employees who are not official seamen (not part of a crew on a vessel). The LHWCA applies primarily to dock and shipyard workers, employed near waterways but not employed on a vessel.

The Jones Act applies more to those employed as part of a crew on navigable waters like the sea, lakes, canals or rivers. If unseaworthiness of a vessel, crew negligence, or ship owner mismanagement contributed to an accident and injury, the Jones Act may be a useful coverage tool to recover expenses, and may far exceed any workers’ compensation claims.


Compensation for Injured Crew Members in Ohio

Jones Act Ohio claims are usually filed in conjunction or soon after claims of workers’ compensation for workplace injuries, illnesses, or wrongful deaths. Many times settlements are far greater in money awarded to injured workers and their family. Jones Act Ohio claims are entitled to a wide array of recovery types, including:

  • Lost wages
  • Recovery Expenses
  • Loss of future earning capacity
  • Physical pain and suffering
  • Mental anguish
  • Medical expenses and future care

If you or a loved one has suffered an occupational injury on or near an Ohio waterway, and have questions about the legal remedies available to improve quality of life and medical care in Ohio, contact The Lyon Firm at (800) 513-2403. You will speak directly with Mr. Lyon, and he will help you answer critical questions regarding Jones Act Ohio Laws.