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The Jones Act covers seamen who are performing tasks aboard a vessel in navigation. The Jones Act is fairly liberal in its scope. Typically, in the old days, all you had to prove was slight negligence on the part of the owner or the ship charterer in order to hold that party responsible. You do have to prove negligence. From a practical standpoint, I always say, if you are a crewman and you are hurt aboard a ship, they are probably going to be responsible for your injuries regardless of the type of negligence or the degree of negligence that you are able to prove.