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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

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Crew Members Rights

Your employment status when on board a vessel is largely the determining factor as to which laws apply to you if you have been in an accident, or when someone is killed while working on a vessel or on a ship on dry land.

Crew members who are injured during tourist or other excursions have recourse under the Jones Act to recover damages.   Just two examples of cases where a crew member may be able to seek damages include injuries from accidents that result because:

  • A boat owner has failed to keep it properly maintained and serviced;
  • Crew members are made to work punishingly long hours, or simply doesn’t staff the vessel up to an adequate margin of safety.

Not only can this make the owner of the vessel or its captain liable for any accidents under mainland liability laws to passengers and tourists, reckless and negligent behavior also exposes him/her to damages under the Jones Act if any of the crew members or dockworkers in his/her employ are injured, or killed, in the line of duty.

Accidents involving crew members generally fall under:

Accidents and other tort claims involving passengers aboard cruise ships and small pleasure craft more closely resemble land-based negligence laws.

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The Law Offices of Preston Easley handles cases involving maritime and admiralty law and actively fights for the rights of injured longshoremen, seamen, crew members, passengers, and maritime workers.  As an attorney, Mr. Easley has personally handled numerous catastrophic maritime accidents involving cranes, forklifts, dredges, barges, tugboats, and defective products and equipment.  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]

Preston Easley is an experienced maritime lawyer with considerable expertise in handling federal and state cases in the field of maritime and admiralty law. He will aggressively seek the maximum amount of compensation you are entitled to receive.  For a free initial consultation, call or email our law firm today.

Law Offices of Preston Easley
2500 Via Cabrillo Marina
Suite 106
San Pedro, California 90731

Phone:  (310) 832-5315
FAX:  (310) 832-7730

San Diego, CA (619) 699-4884
Honolulu, HI (808) 922-2383

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Crew Members As Seaman

Under Title 29, Subtitle B, Chapter V, Subchapter B, Part 783 › Section 783.32

"The term “seaman” includes members of the crew such as sailors, engineers, radio operators, firemen, pursers, surgeons, cooks, and stewards if, as is the usual case, their service is of the type described in § 783.31. In some cases it may not be of that type, in which event the special provisions relating to seamen will not be applicable (Sternberg Dredging Co. v. Walling, 158 F. 2d 678; Cuascut v. Standard Dredging Co., 94 F. Supp. 197; Woods Lumber Co. v. Tobin, 199 F. 2d 455). However, an employee employed as a seaman does not lose his status as such simply because, as an incident to such employment, he performs some work not connected with operation of the vessel as a means of transportation, such as assisting in the loading or unloading of freight at the beginning or end of a voyage, if the amount of such work is not substantial."