Crew Member Accidents
Crew Member Accidents
Crew member accident attorneys are often used for the following negligence by cruise ships:
Crew member injuries and deaths which occur on cruise ships are many times caused by:
- Lifting heavy objects without prior safety equipment
- Slippery decks and galleys
- Unclean working environments
- Poorly maintained or broken equipment
- Insufficiently trained co-workers
- Improper lighting
- Failure to provide prompt, proper or adequate medical treatment
- Inadequate railings
- Dock strikes
- Working excessive hours
Injured Crew Members May Be Entitled To The Following Compensation
The amount of compensation depends upon the severity of the injury, the amount of wages the crew member has lost and will lose in the future, the age of the crew member, and the amount of medical treatment required in the past and likely be required in the future.
For each cruise ship crew member we represent, we strive to obtain the appropriate amount of medical care and compensation for the injury allowable under the law.
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The Jones Act
The Jones Act reflects that reality of maritime work, and a seaman’s employer may be liable for even a small breach of duty which contributes to a seaman’s injury. This is true, even where a seaman performs dangerous work while aware of the high risks involved in the work. In addition to compensation for injuries caused by negligence, an injured seaman may also make a claim against the vessel’s owner on the basis that the vessel was not seaworthy. An employer may also be liable for failing to provide a seaman with adequate medical care.
Jones Act litigation seeks to recover damages for both past and future economic and non-economic losses.
Maintenance and Cure
“Cure” represents the employer obligation to provide an injured seaman with appropriate medical care, hospitalization, and rehabilitation services, until the injured seaman reaches maximum medical improvement. (Please note that the obligation to provide maintenance and cure ends when the seaman reaches maximum medical improvement, even if the seaman will never fully recover from his injuries, and will never be able to return to work.)
An injured seaman has an absolute right to maintenance and cure, apart from any Jones Act claim. If a seaman has a valid Jones Act claim, the seaman may be able to recover a very substantial award of damages in addition to obtaining full benefits of maintenance and cure.
It is important to know exactly when you will need the assistance of a crew member accident attorney. Generally speaking, you will need their expertise when you have been involved in an accident. For instance, if you have suffered from burns, broken limbs, and head injuries, among other accidents, you can seek help from a lawyer. If the vessel is unseaworthy and if it continued to sail, and if you have suffered from an accident as a result of such, you have another good reason to look for a lawyer who can help.
Initially, you can get a free consultation on how to go about the entire process. Cruise ship injury lawsuits are normally subjected to a short number of limitations, which is the time limit in which a claim must be filed, so do not hesitate to contact our attorneys today. In case you fail to take to take legal action quickly may prevent you from seeking compensation for your injuries.
If a passenger is injured on board, then a case can be filed against the owner and the compensation can be claimed from the company, the organization chartering the ship, or the company who has sold the tickets. Along with this, if the injury is caused by any other third party, the victim will also be able to bring a personal injury lawsuit against that particular individual or entity.
- Slip and falls
- Falling overboard
- Injuries from fires on the cruise ship
- Norovirus infection or other illnesses from contaminated food or unhygienic conditions
- Pool or water slide accidents
- Injuries sustained during on-shore excursions
- Injuries sustained during recreational
activities aboard the ship
- Dock accidents
- Falling object accidents
- Injuries resulting from navigational errors
- Medical malpractice or medical negligence
- Install security cameras
- Run background checks on applicants
- Employ adequate security staff for the passengers in all the public areas
- At times a cruise liner fails to uphold its duty of care to protect passengers from assault and rape, the company may be liable for the victim’s damages.
There are several restrictions when it comes to traveling on a cruise. Even though it is convenient and cheap, but the passenger needs to follow basic guidelines, and should not disobey the restrictions. The tickets contain all these guidelines written on them regarding the terms and safety. It is the duty of the passenger to read all of them before boarding.
All the different types of Crew members, cruise workers, seamen, maritime workers and people who spend most of their time on ships have very risky job profiles; even the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics has stated that the jobs of fishermen and fish related workers as one of the most dangerous in the United States. Due to this reason, rules and regulations were crafted to ensure the protection of seamen and other maritime workers. But nonetheless these Maritime laws are really not simple and native to most of the people in the Country, and the reason behind this is the in-process evolution of Admiralty and Maritime law.
Gradually these laws keep evolving for the better security of seamen and crew members. For the people who have studied maritime law in detail and have proficiency in all aspects of the subject can handle the complexity of these rules. Crew member accident attorneys are the professionals that are specialized to represent and defend the rights and interests of injured maritime workers and their families.