Do I have to prove my employer was negligent in my Jones Act case?
Yes, the Jones Act is a statutory cause of action for negligence against your employer. Therefore, you must establish that the employer either did something that it should not have done which caused your injury or that it did not do something which it should have done which caused or contributed to your injury. The thing about the Jones Act is that the statute has reduced what’s known as the threshold of liability so that it’s often referred to as a featherweight. Anything, no matter how slight, that the cruise line did or the employer did that caused or contributed to your injury is enough to establish liability.