The Jones Act ("the Act") is a federal law passed by Congress in 1920 designed to protect sailors who suffered injuries or fell ill during a voyage. The Act gives seamen an opportunity to sue their employers for damages if they are injured due to their employer's negligence. The common law rules of maritime law obligate a vessel's owner to care for and provide for the safe passage and medical attention for a sick or injured seaman. Furthermore, maritime law provides for the care of seaman from harm caused by ships that were not seaworthy. The injured seaman has an option, therefore, to bring a suit in admiralty or under the Jones Act. In certain circumstances, the sailor has the opportunity to seek punitive damages.
The morning routine for many children in Florida involves getting on the big yellow school bus. Most of the time these trips to and from school are uneventful, as they should be. However, no matter how carefully the bus driver operates his or her vehicle, you can't control the actions of others on the road, as one recent incident shows.
Tropical cruises are a dream vacation for many people in Florida, allowing them an experience that is luxurious and relaxing as they sail the seas and visit exotic ports-of-call. However, a recent Royal Caribbean cruise went from holiday heaven to nightmare after 220 people on board were struck with a gastro-intestinal illness. The cruise was slated to be five nights long. The ship "Independence of the Seas" departed from Florida and over the course of a week, 220 of the over 5,500 passengers on board fell ill.
Perhaps you were just doing your weekly grocery shopping when you slip on a spill on the floor in the cereal aisle and break your leg. Or perhaps you were dining at your favorite restaurant with your family when you trip over a torn piece of carpet and hit your head. In either case, you are left with injuries that you may feel were certainly not your fault.