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How can the Jones Act protect me if I was injured at sea?

If you work in the maritime industry, then it's likely that you've heard about the Jones Act. This federal law's alternate name is the Merchant Marine Act of 1920. It is a piece of federal legislation that, among other things, protects seamen who are injured on the job.

Man dies after boat capsizes

Many in Manhattan may not understand the enormity of the responsibility they assume when they agree to take passengers out on their boats. The complexity that comes with even recreational boating makes it such that the simple use of a life jacket may not be enough to guarantee passenger safety. Given that most people who travel on a boat likely do not understand this, it is up to those who own and pilot these vessels to ensure that every precaution is taken. When that does not happen, the results can often be disastrous. 

How can you cope with work-related depression?

You no doubt chose to go into the maritime industry because of a love of the sea (or perhaps you have developed one after years of working in such an industry). Yet despite your affinity for sea travel, you may experience times where being out on the ocean for extended periods can be emotionally and psychologically taxing. This is understandable; while at sea, your movements on your vessel are limited. You may suffer from a want of companionship (even while in the presence of your crew members). Consecutive days of seeing nothing on the horizon can also be unsettling. All of this can lead to a deep sense of depression. 

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