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:
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.
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]
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