Jones Act and Maritime Lawsuit Funding

Pre-settlement advances

If you have a pending Jones Act claim and need immediate financial assistance, pre-settlement funding can help.


The Jones Act, also known as the Merchant Marine Act of 1920, is a US law that mandates all goods transported between US ports to be carried by American vessels, primarily operated by Americans. However, beyond regulating foreign shipping regulations, the law also outlines important safety and crew well-being responsibilities for the maritime industry. This includes providing compensation for injuries caused by employer negligence, maintaining safe work environments, and setting standards for vessel maintenance, safety equipment, and crew qualifications. The Jones Act also requires all US ships to comply with EPA regulations.

Under the Jones Act, any worker who performs a significant amount of their work on a vessel, ship, or boat is considered a seaman or mariner and is eligible for worker protection. This includes crew members, captains, shipbuilders, boat repair workers, and workers in the Merchant Marine. Other workers, such as bartenders, cooks, surveyors, and musicians, are also included. Injured seamen or mariners may sue their employer if an accident occurs due to safety negligence. Unlike other workplace injuries, which are generally heard by state workers’ compensation boards, seamen may have to file lawsuits to recover compensation for their injuries.

Injured seamen or mariners can recover broader damages under the Jones Act than under most state workers’ compensation laws, including special damages for medical care, lost income, out-of-pocket expenses, and lost room and board. General damages for pain and suffering, mental anguish, and future medical expenses and lost earnings can also be recovered. Jones Act attorneys specialize in this area of maritime law and can help injured seamen or mariners secure compensation.

However, employers may try to delay litigation, causing an injured seaman or mariner to be out of work and in need of funds for recovery or room and board. Jones Act lawsuit funding or maritime settlement funding can help provide financial support to injured workers while they wait for their claims to be settled.

We offer simple interest non-recourse advances, with one rate for the life of your funding. And we require legal representation before you apply, so be sure to have a lawyer who specializes in Jones Act claims who will work to get you the best possible outcome.

Our application process is free, with no hidden fees or charges. And if you have any questions, our team is here to help. Contact us today to learn more about how pre-settlement funding can help you get the financial support you need during this difficult time or apply by filling out the form below.

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