What remedies are provided by the Jones Act that are not available by workers’ compensation laws?
Most often under worker’s compensation laws, you’re unable to sue your employer for negligence. Typically there has to be gross negligence or even intentional acts, depending on what state you live in. Under the Jones Act you are able to pursue your employer for their negligence in causing your injury. Under the Jones Act we have what’s called the “featherweight burden of proof”. That means even one percent negligence on your employer is enough to recover damages.
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