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- Suing Owners of Vessels and Limited Liability
Under the Jones Act, an individual who suffers injuries while working at sea is entitled to sue the employer and owner of the vessel for injuries that are the result of negligence. The individual working at sea is called a “seaman” and individuals who are crew members to captains of vessels fall into this category. Even part-time seamen who spend 30 percent of their time at sea qualify under the act. There are multiple ways where vessel owners will try to limit their liability.
- Boating Accident Prompts New Law
Emily Fedorko was 16 years old when she lost her life in a fatal boating accident while tubing on the Long Island Sound last summer.
- Proving Negligence for Seaman Injuries Under the Jones Act
Individuals who work at sea are considered seamen for the purposes of the Jones Act. These individuals must spend a significant amount of the time they are employed at sea working on a vessel or boat. The Jones Act is a federal law, passed in 1920 that gives seamen, from crew members to captains, who suffer injuries or even death the right to sue their employers for damages under state or federal law.
- Top 10 Causes of Boating Accidents
Keep yourself safe while boating and avoid these common reasons for boating accidents.
- Questions about Admiralty or Maritime Law
Learn if you qualify for Admiralty or Maritime Law if you have been injured while serving upon a boat in navigable waters.
- Georgia Boating Fatalities Lowest in Years, Drowning Risks Are Still Real
The U.S. Coast Guard recently released statistics regarding recreational boating fatalities. The good news is that fatalities are down nearly fourteen percent in 2013 from the year before. This decrease reflects a concerted effort to encourage boating safety.
- Texas Parks and Wildlife Targeting Drivers Boating Under the Influence
The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department is zeroing in on boaters and watercraft operators driving under the influence of alcohol. Local task forces have been developed in various high volume boating and recreation areas across Texas.
- Common Boating Accidents and How to Avoid Them
Arizona has more lakes and rivers than many people assume. However, the state also has the fifth highest boating accident rate in the country. Why is that?
- Wrongful Death at Sea: Liability, Non-Pecuniary Damages, and Survivors’ Legal Remedies
The recent U.S. District Court (Western District of Washington) case of Michael Mechling, et al. v. Holland America Line, Inc., highlights two key factors in determining legal remedies for survivors of nonseafaring individuals who suffer fatal injuries at sea.
- Florida Boating Safety
Sadly, many Florida boat owners are blind to boating safety and fail to maintain a safe ship. Most boats by their nature do not offer secure footing and provide the relaxation and excitement which often override safety precautions. All too often we hear of deaths and crippling injuries when a negligent boat owner fails to yield the right of way to another boat or maintain a safe vessel.