When a person is hurt by the negligence of another while aboard a commercial aquatic vessel, special laws may apply regarding what their potential recovery options are. For example, under certain circumstances, an injured individual may be able to receive compensation through a lawsuit done under the Jones Act, a federal law. There are several requirements a person must meet to be eligible for recovery under the Jones Act. We will go over some (though not all) of these requirements in today's post.
For one, the injuries a person suffered must have happened aboard a navigable vessel. Typically, any vessel that is capable of aquatic transportation falls under the definition of a navigable vessel. One notable thing that generally does not qualify as a navigable vessel are fixed structures out on the water, such as fixed oil rigs.