|RIVERBOAT & RAILROAD INJURIES
An employee on a riverboat or riverboat casino may not be covered by worker's compensation. Injured
riverboat and riverboat casino employees are often covered under federal maritime law and/or the Jones Act, a
Congressional act designed to give special protection to employees working on boats in navigable waters,
including riverboat casinos. This includes workers who are cooks, waitresses, card dealers and floor workers in
casinos; and workers on transport barges, tug boats and other navigable waterway vessels.
A recovery under the Jones Act often gives more options for fair compensation above and beyone what is
allowed by the standard workers' compensation laws in nearly every state.
Often a small degree of negligence by the riverboat owner, casino, employer, or co-worker is all that is needed
recover lost wages, lost benefits, full personal injury compensation, pain and suffering, and damages for
continuing disability or impairment. And even if they are not shown to be negligent, the Jones Act might require
payment for medical bills and lost wages to provide "maintenance and cure."
If Injured on a Casino Riverboat:
Get the name and full contact information of any witnesses
Seek quality medical treatment immediately
Seek legal advice right away - the deadline for claims may be limited
Similarly, injured railroad workers have special rules that apply to their injuries under the Federal Employers'
Liability Act (FELA) and other laws.
Pursuant to FELA, railroad workers not covered by regular workers’ compensation laws can sue companies for
their injuries. FELA allows payments for pain and suffering, which are determined juries, which allows for
greater recoveries than is often possible under workers' compensation laws.
If you are injured on the job, get witnesses' information and seek medical treatment first; and then legal advice
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