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 cooks, concierges, deckhands and janitors are all subject to the same calamities (tilting decks, exposure to toxic chemicals, etc.) that can befall passengers, and they also have recourse under this law.
One factor that complicates cruise ship liability cases is that the ship’s operator will often attempt to obfuscate 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.)
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]
Preston Easley is an experienced personal injury and maritime injury lawyer with considerable expertise in handling federal and state cases. 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. 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.