People injured while working on ships or boats, or while working on repairing and maintaining docks, are protected by special laws. A federal law called "The Jones Act" controls the responsibility, or "liability," of vessel owners, operators and employers for their employee's work-related injuries.

The Jones Act applies to seamen injured while working on ships or boats. An injured seaman can recover damages from their maritime employer when the employer or a co-worker's negligence caused an injury.

Liability may be established if it can be shown that the injury was caused by a failure to provide a safe place to work, an unsafe condition on the vessel or dock leading to the vessel, or other acts of negligence or dangerous conditions.

The firm of Jaroslawicz & Jaros is proud to have represented many members of the NYC Police Dept. Harbor Unit for over thirty-five (35) years who were injured while performing their duties on NYPD boats and launches, repairing the vessels, or injured on the dock while going to or from the vessels. Our firm was successful in establishing for the first time that police officers working for the NYC Police Dept. Harbor Unit were in fact covered by and protected by The Jones Act.

The Jones Act protects maritime workers when they are injured while working. However, unfortunately, many injuries also occur while boating for pleasure. If you get hurt while on a pleasure boat there are some things that you should know. If you get injured on a boat, whether a motorboat or a sailboat, to be compensated for your injuries you must be able to prove that your injury was caused by someone else's negligence.

Whether someone else was negligent always depends on the specific facts of your accident. Was it a collision between two boats? Was it between two motor boats or a motor boat and a sailboat? Were you the operator of the boat or a passenger?

Unfortunately, accidents on boats happen under many different circumstances. Some of the boating cases we have handled at Jaroslawicz & Jaros over the years have included a passenger who was injured when the motor boat struck a pier and a door flew off striking the passenger in the head; a motor boat hitting a wave causing a passenger to fall and fracture a leg; a Jet Ski with a protruding screw causing a leg injury; as well as representing a passenger injured in the Staten Island Ferry crash.

At Jaroslawicz & Jaros, we have obtained over a Billion dollars in compensation for accident victims. Our record of results speaks for itself. At Jaroslawicz & Jaros, we have more than 40 years of experience helping accident victims in New York recover compensation for their past and future medical bills and lost wages, as well as being compensated for their pain and suffering. The clients we represent benefit from the personal attention of our knowledgeable and experienced attorneys. The consultation is always free of charge. If we agree to handle your case, we will work on a contingency fee basis. We get paid only if you recover money. Since all law firms generally charge the same legal fee, why not hire an experienced law firm with a proven track record?

If you or a loved one has a claim involving injuries while on a ship, boat, dock or while at sea that has resulted in a serious physical injury and is in need of legal assistance, call Jaroslawicz & Jaros at 646-569-9472 or toll free in New York at 1-800-269-2780, or submit an online questionnaire.

In many cases, a lawsuit must be filed before an applicable expiration date, known as a statute of limitations. Please call for your free consultation, to ensure that you do not waive your right to compensation. Or you can email Abraham Jaros directly at ajaros@lawjaros.com.

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