Mark L. Pearson, P.A.

Attorneys and Counsellors at Law

The Jones Act - Maritime Injury Attorney in Mississippi



Because offshore workers perform a function that is both dangerous and necessary to our society, the Jones Act was created to encourage employers to keep the working conditions on their vessels as safe as possible. This encouragement comes in the form of giving injured seamen including offshore oil workers (or their bereaved families) the right to sue the employer for damages in a personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit, instead of settling only for workers' compensation.

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At Mark L. Pearson, P.A., our law office is dedicated to standing up for the rights of the injured and helping to bring them the compensation they need to piece their lives back together. From our small, friendly office in Capital . City, we've represented thousands of individuals throughout Mississippi and across the country. We treat each client with the respect he or she deserves, providing one on-one personalized service and being responsive to all phone calls and questions.

Does the Jones Act Apply to My Case?

The Jones Act applies to any injury to an seaman or offshore oil drilling worker that was sustained on any mobile seafaring vessel while it was on a navigable waterway. Navigable waterways include both the Gulf of Mexico and the Mississippi River, and a mobile vessel can include:

  • Offshore oil drilling platforms and rigs
  • Barges
  • Tugboats
  • Cruise ships
  • Crew boats

If your offshore worker injury fits these two criteria, the Jones Act allows you to sue your employer for personal injury damages. Not only that, the Jones Act requires a Lower standard of evidence (what's referred to as a "preponderance of the evidence") in order to prove liability.

Having practiced for 17 years and with-extensive experience in maritime law, attorney Mark L. Pearson has, the experience and commitment to bring you the results you need and deserve. If you have any questions or would like to set up a free initial consultation, contact us today.