If a maritime worker lacks a sufficient connection to a vessel to be considered a seaman, he can still sue the vessel owner for negligence, even if the vessel owner is his employer. This is a dual capacity doctrine in which the employer wears one hat as employer and another hat as vessel owner. If a marine construction worker was hurt boarding his own employer’s derrick barge because of a broken ladder rung, damaged gangway, or missing nonskid, he could still sue his employer in its capacity as vessel owner (not as employer) just as he could sue any third party vessel owner for negligence. This is a very powerful but often overlooked maritime doctrine.
Contact our maritime accident law firm today to arrange for your free initial consultation to see if you have a claim against a third-party. There is no obligation and if we do not recover for you there is no fee.
The statute of limitations on filing claims covered by maritime law are relatively short so it is important that you contact The Law Offices of Preston Easley as soon as possible to learn about your rights and get sound legal advice about pursuing compensation you may be entitled to receive.
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