Unseaworthiness Claims: Overview

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An unseaworthiness claim is filed against a vessel's owner, who is often also a seaman's employer. It is the owner's duty to provide a seaworthy vessel, one that is fit for its intended use. The vessel must meet all safety statutes for operating vessels and be considered a safe and reasonable place for a seaman to reside. Suitable equipment and safety gear must be available to seamen at all times.

Injuries that result from dangerous conditions on a vessel caused by a lack of proper supplies and facilities are filed under an unseaworthiness claim. The death of a seaman caused by an unseaworthy vessel is covered under the Death on the High Seas Act of 1920.

If you or a loved one was injured or killed while employed as a seaman, it may be important to contact an attorney who can help you protect your legal rights. Please keep in mind that there may be time limits within which you must commence suit.



See Also

  1. Maritime / Admiralty Personal Injury Law
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