Public Vessels Act

The Public Vessels Act allows a way for seamen serving aboard U.S.-owned (but not necessarily U.S.-operated) vessels to recover damages for their injuries. This act applies to civilian personnel serving on Coast Guard ships and surveying vessels, but not to sailors in the U.S. Navy, who generally don’t have any recourse for suing the military. Injured seamen and aggrieved property owners can also file suit under another obscure statute of maritime law, the Suits in Admiralty Act… Continue reading