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On this week's episode of The Legal Difference, attorney Wes Gralapp discusses what to do if you're injured on the water. Wes, whose father was a tugboat captain, is particularly passionate about this topic. He starts by explaining The Jones Act, and how it protects certain workers called "seamen." Seamen are exposed to additional dangers due to the environment in which they work, so this law gives additional protection by considering these workers "wards of the court." If you are injured while working on a vessel due to negligence, you may be entitled to compensation under this act. Certain platforms are considered "vessels," which apply to The Jones Act. If the platform is anchored to the seafloor, it is typically not considered a vessel, but if it is moveable, like certain offshore drilling rigs, it may fall under the act. Wes also describes the type of compensation available to those injured at sea.