The History of the Jones Act

February 01, 2011 @ 03:23 PM -- by

As a Corpus Christi and Port Lavaca Jones Act lawyer, the history of the Jones Act is interesting to me. Prior to 1920, seafarers had very little legal protection against horrible working and living conditions while working aboard ships. With the passing of section 27 of the Merchant Marine Act of 1920, which is now referred to as the Jones Act, workers aboard ships received better safety and better remedies if they got injured. The Act received its name from Senator Wesley L. Jones of Washington state, who proposed the law to maintain a good and viable working force on the seas. This was intended to increase the growth of worldwide marine commerce.