Galveston, TX asked in Admiralty / Maritime for Texas

Q: What is the statute of limitations under the Jones Act for injuries at sea?

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Tim Akpinar

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  • Maritime Law Lawyer
  • Little Neck, NY

A: The statute of limitations for Jones Act cases is generally three years. This is a general answer and there are exceptions. If you are inquiring beyond learning general information, and you were in fact injured aboard a vessel, you should immediately consult with a attorney who is knowledgeable in this area. There are exceptions to the general three year-statute of limitations. Further, a claimant must satisfy certain conditions to be considered a Jones Act seaman. If you were injured aboard a vessel, an attorney experienced in Jones Act cases should be able to assist you in helping to determine if you are in fact a Jones Act seaman, or if you are a claimant whose maritime-based injury might possibly be governed by different laws. Also ask that attorney to advise you as to all applicable filings, deadlines, notice of claim requirements, statutes of limitations, or other time-related milestones before which you must act to preserve your legal rights.

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Michael A. Winkleman

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  • Maritime Law Lawyer
  • Miami, FL

A: 3 years from the date of the incident

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