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Law Offices of Preston Easley
 Maritime Accident Attorneys • Serving California & Hawaii

Experienced Trial Lawyers for Maritime Injuries and Accident Claims Involving:


• Passengers

• Seamen

• Longshoremen

California Maritime Lawyers - Cruise Ship Accident Attorney

Cruise Ship Crew Member Accidents

Mainland Tort Law vs. Jones Act

Passengers who are injured on cruise ships can rely on mainland tort law to collect damages from the cruise ship company. That’s not the case with a ship’s employees and crew, who are covered separately under the Jones Act (legislation, passed in 1920, that entitles maritime workers to a certain amount of compensation for injuries and accidents.)

A cruise ship’s crew members, including cooks, concierges, deckhands, and janitors are all subject to the same calamities (tilting decks, exposure to toxic chemicals, etc.) that can befall passengers, as well as crush injuries, electrical shocks, and slip and fall accidents.

Crew Member Maritime Laws Are Complex

One factor that complicates cruise ship liability cases is that the ship’s operator will often attempt to confuse and cloud the issue by citing international, rather than U.S., law, especially as pertains to the statute of limitations for filing claims (depending on who you talk to, this can be anywhere from six months to three years.)  This is just one of the man reasons that injured crew members and family members whose loved one was killed in a fatal accident while working on, or employed by a cruise ship need an experienced maritime attorney.

Cruise Ship Employee and Crew Members Maritime Injury and Fatal Accident Attorneys

Free Consultation • Serving Hawaii and California

If you don’t have an experienced lawyer by your side, the cruise ship company may attempt to settle claims under another country’s laws, either because the ship happened to be in a foreign port at the time or because it was registered to that country of origin. Attorney Preston Easley has more than twenty five years of maritime law experience you can rely on to get you the best possible outcome for your case.

At the appellate level, he has been a pioneer in expanding the rights of injured workers, frequently reversing lower court decisions and making new law. [Published Decisions]

Attorney Easley practices primarily in California and Hawaii. His clients include longshoremen, shipyard workers, tugboat crewmen, dredge crewmen, pile drivers, marine construction workers, merchant seaman and tour boat/recreational boat crews and passengers. His background in the Navy, and hands-on experience working in the maritime industry gives him a unique perspective on maritime accidents. For a free initial consultation, email or call us today at (310) 832-5315.

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