It is vital that Americans and maritime workers’ families stand together and support the rights of seafaring men and women.
Alton, IL (PRWEB) July 05, 2012
SL Chapman LLC’s team of maritime lawyers is urging citizens to stand up for maritime workers nationwide. In recent years we have seen an uptick in opposition to the Jones Act and the rights and protections it provides to workers aboard U.S. vessels. Maritime attorney Bradley Lakin, founding partner at SL Chapman LLC, stressed the importance of the Jones Act remaining intact: “It is vital that Americans and maritime workers’ families stand together and support the rights of seafaring men and women. The Jones Act is the first, and last, line of defense for maritime workers injured on the job.”
Lakin points out that anti-Jones Act legislators are threatening the protections that the law offers to maritime workers. The Jones Act was signed into law in 1920. It requires owners and operators of vessels transported in the U.S. to provide a seaworthy vessel and a reasonably safe place to work. The Act also specifies rights for U.S. seamen and provides measures of recourse for those injured on the job. Maritime lawyer Paul Johnson, also a partner at the SL Chapman firm, said: “When the issue of eliminating the Jones Act comes up, people should call, write, or email their lawmakers. Let them know that you support the rights of the hard-working people in the maritime industry. Your voice counts and is crucial in protecting workers in this extremely dangerous industry.”
SL Chapman lawyers have obtained over $700 million in verdicts, settlements, and other benefits on behalf of their clients. SL Chapman has offices in St. Louis, Southern Illinois, and Phoenix.