In most cases the statute of limitations in a Jones Act case is limited to three (3) years from the date of the injury. This also holds true when there is a case of unseaworthiness against the owner of a vessel. There may be exceptions to this rule, however, is when you have a case against a vessel that is either owned, operated, or contracted by the federal government of the United States, at which point you may have less time to bring the case to bear.
Often, the employer will pay an injured seaman’s maintenance and cure, while telling the seaman that he or she doesn’t need a lawyer. An injured seaman should always consult with a knowledgeable Jones Act lawyer.