The Jones Act

Defending Serious Injury Cases in St. Louis, Illinois, and Across the Country

The Jones Act, 46 U.S.C. Section 30104 et seq., is a maritime statute that governs seamen's injury cases. At Goldstein and Price, L.C., we have successfully defended countless Jones Act cases on behalf of insurance and marine companies for more than 50 years.

The Jones Act
Although the traditional seaman is a blue water sailor or a deckhand on an inland river towboat, even a dockside welder at a shipyard, a laborer on a bridge construction project or a cocktail waitress on a cruise ship may claim to be a seaman under the Jones Act.  We have extensive experience in helping companies determine what body of law (the Jones Act, the Longshore and Harbor Workers' Compensation Act, 33 U.S.C.A. Section 901, et seq., or state worker's compensation statutes) governs injury claims involving their employees.

The FELA
The Federal Employers' Liability Act (FELA), 45 U.S.C.A. Section 51 et seq. affords railroad workers the same legal standards as the Jones Act for their injury claims. Because of our experience as Jones Act defense lawyers, and our capabilities as trial attorneys, railroads have retained our firm to defend FELA claims.