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Longshore Claim Settlement Does Not Preclude Jones Act Suit

Thursday, September 28, 2017 | 290 | 0 | 0 min read

An injured construction worker is free to sue his employer under the Jones Act even though he settled an injury claim under the Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act, the Washington Court of Appeals ruled. Case: Gibson v. American Construction Co., No. 49340-3-11, 09/26/2017. Facts: Jeremy Gibson was employed as a mechanic for American Construction’s marine construction department. In 2013, he fell through a hatch while working on a crane barge moored at American’s dock and was treated for injuries to his head, back, neck, arm and leg. Gibson quit his job in May 2...

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