[QUOTE=Kraken;146765]Do I understand this right, as long as you are a “seamen”(within prerequisites that are given) then you can sue the company whether you are working abroad and for a foreign company in the United States under the Jones Act?[/QUOTE]
No. You misunderstand. The Jones Act has no applicability to any foreign vessel operating outside US waters. The Jones Act applies to US flag vessels anywhere in the world. The Jones may apply to certain foreign flag vessels while they are in US waters under certain conditions. US courts do not have any jurisdiction over foreign flag vessels outside of US waters. Foreign vessels are only subject to the jurisdiction of the flag state, or perhaps the port state under certain circumstances.
I assume its the same in Norway as in the US, a shipowner must provide medical care and economic compensation to injured seamen. The difference is that the US does not have national insurance, and I bet in Norway that there is a government process to compel the shipowner to promptly pay economic compensation through some type of “workers compensation.” In the US, there is NO workers compensation for seamen. The shipowner can, and often does, refuse to pay anything, or offers the desperate seaman next to nothing. That essentially compels the seaman to sue.
Please listen carefully: There is absolutely no reason why a foreign flag shipowner needs to fear employing American seamen. American seamen do not have any right to sue foreign flag ships operating outside US waters.