When you work on a cruise ship, barge, platform, jack-up rig,floating barge, motorized vessel or any other type of commercial maritime vessel, you make sacrifices. You work long hours, with no days off and most of the time you are away from your loved ones for months at a time, for a handful of dollars.
As a crew member, you understand that there will be risk involved with your profession: you will battle unpredictable weather, rough seas and slippery decks and surfaces. But should you put your life at risk because of someone else’s negligence? NO.
If you suffered an injury to your body, because your employer failed to practice and enforce basic safety measures aboard the ship, you should contact an attorney.
You need to know that there are laws that can be enforced so that you may obtain adequate compensation for your injury and that protect workers like you.
A Federal law known as the Jones Act protects seaman like you making your employer responsible for any negligence or unseaworthiness of their vessel. The Jones Act will compensate for past future pain and suffering, medical bills, lost wages and more. This law allows you to collect damages from your employer.
Injured seamen also get maintenance and cure, which is payment for medical treatment and a small daily allowance for living expenses, as a long as the injury occurred in the course and scope of the seaman’s employment. These benefits can be paid even if there was no negligence involved in the accident that caused their injuries.
What If I Don’t Work on a Vessel?If you work on a dock, in a shipyard or a fixed platform the Jones Act does not apply. That doesn’t mean you don’t have any remedies. In fact, more than likely the Long-shore and Harbor Workers Compensation Act (LHWCA), can protect your rights. The LHWCA provides medical, wage and permanent disability benefits similar to workers’ compensation, but at substantially better rates.
Why should you contact us!?
The guidance of experienced attorney is essential in order for you to navigate your way to full compensation for a ship-related injury.
For this reason, it is important that you choose an attorney that has represented other injured crew members and has knowledge on the Jones Act and maritime laws, in order to obtain the best recovery.
If you were injured while working for a cruise line or any other type of vessel call us now to see how we can help you protect your rights.