When a maritime worker is injured while performing duties that further the operation of the vessel, and if it can be shown that the injured seaman suffered the injury because of an unsafe condition on board a vessel, then the injured seaman may file an unseaworthiness claim for negligence against the owner of the vessel.
A shipowner owes to a seaman an absolute non-delegable duty to furnish a seaworthy vessel and a seaworthy crew.
A vessel is unseaworthy and the shipowner is responsible to the seaman in damages if:
(1) the vessel, equipment, or crew are in any way inadequate for the purposes for which they are intended, and
(2) as a result of this inadequacy, the seaman is injured.
The courts have ruled that the definition of unseaworthiness is very broad, and can be reasonably extended to many conditions on board the ship that workers may not even know about.
With such a broad definition, there may be many things that an injured worker may not be aware is an unseaworthy condition that makes the vessel owner liable.
Below are a few examples where an injured seaman may file a claim for unseaworthiness:
If you were injured while working offshore, you may be eligible to receive a substantial cash award.
Don’t wait. Call the offshore injury lawyers at Simon & O’Rourke today. We will use our more than 27 years of combined experience representing offshore workers to fight for you.