Working aboard a cruise ship can be a lucrative career and one that affords workers to travel the world while making money. Like passengers, crewmembers have a right to live and work in safe conditions. However, all too often crewmembers suffer injuries and illnesses aboard cruise ships because of a cruise line’s negligence.
As a crewmember aboard a cruise ship, you are likely covered under federal maritime law such as the Jones Act that can help you recover damages for your injuries and losses after a cruise ship accident.
If you have been injured while working on a cruise ship it is important to contact a Charleston cruise ship crew injury lawyer as soon as possible. A skilled longshore attorney may have the experience necessary to help injured crew members investigate the causes of their injuries and help secure benefits and compensation for injuries.
Jones Act and Liability
The Jones Act, which is also known as the Merchant Marine Act of 1920, is a federally enacted law that is designed to protect the rights of crewmembers and seaman who are exposed to perils and injuries on the sea.
Under the Jones Act, qualifying employees can recover benefits and compensation for their injuries if they can show that the cruise ship or cruise line was to any degree responsible for the accident and injuries. A Charleston cruise ship crew injury lawyer can attempt to help injured employees receive the benefits that they deserve.
Maintenance and Cure
Under the Jones Act a crewmember who is injured while on the job may be entitled to benefits known as maintenance and cure which are benefits that are intended to cover daily living expenses such as food and lodging and medical care for injuries suffered while in the service of a ship.
The Jones Act also provides injured cruise ship workers with a means of recovering lost wages, medical bills, and expenses, and for debilitating injuries. Fortunately, an overwhelming majority of workers aboard a cruise ship are considered seaman under the Jones Act, and generally, any worker who spends a significant amount of time aboard a vessel may be covered under the Jones Act, and therefore crewmembers may be entitled to benefits if they were injured aboard a cruise ship.
Charleston cruise ship crew injury lawyers can help establish that cruise ship owners are liable for injuries if a ship or vessel is considered to be unseaworthy. An unseaworthy vessel is one that is not fit for the purpose for which it was intended. Examples of unseaworthiness may include:
- Inadequate crew
- Defective ship equipment
- Slippery or oily decks
- Worn ladders and stairs
- Lack of proper safety gear
- Unsafe work practices
Cruise ship lines have a responsibility to ensure that their vessel as safe not only for their passengers but also for their workers. This means that a cruise ship should conduct thorough training of all employees, as well as ensuring that equipment is not defective and properly maintained.
Unfortunately, many large cruise ship companies are more concerned with profits at the expense of safety measure causing cruise ship employees to be at risk.
How a Cruise Ship Crew Injury Attorney Can Help
At Howell and Christmas, LLC., Charleston cruise ship crew injury lawyers can try to help investigate the causes of an accident and injury and through civil litigation help injured cruise ship crewmembers and their families recover compensation for their injuries, medical bills, pain and suffering, and losses.
If you are a crew member who suffered an injury while aboard a cruise ship and have questions, please contact a Charleston cruise ship injury attorney today