Legal action for seaman’s surviving family?
If an injury causes the death of a seaman, the surviving widow or husband and children of the employee become the beneficiaries under the Jones Act . If the worker does not have a spouse or children, then the beneficiaries include the employee’s parents. A personal representative such as an executor is entitled to bring an action that the worker ( had he lived ) would have possessed against his employer. The worker’s cause of action against the employer does not die with the worker. In a death cases, damages go to the seaman’s survivors.