Unseaworthiness Claim | Virginia Maritime Lawyer – Richard Serpe

Virginia Tugboat Accident Lawyer - Richard SerpeDo You Have an Unseaworthiness Claim?

Vessel owners, by law, must provide a “seaworthy vessel” that is suitable for it’s intended use. An unseaworthiness claim arises when an injury is caused by the conditions of the vessel itself.  An unsafe condition may include defective equipment, lack of proper safety equipment, and even untrained or incompetent crew members.

Conditions that may be Considered “Unseaworthy”

  • worn out, malfunctioning, or poorly maintained machinery and equpiment
  • lack of appropriate safety equipment life jackets, life rafts, fire extinguishers, etc.
  • lack of proper safety and warning signs
  • Lack or unsafe exits between the vessel and shore
  • Trip, slip, and fall hazards such as ropes left in walkways, or oil on decks
  • Too few crew members to perform tasks safely
  • Untrained or incompetent crew members
  • Insufficient supervision

The Jones Act allows for injured employees to seek compensation from their employers for injuries sustained on the water. As well, the Jones Act permits those who have been injured to file an unseaworthiness claim (if applicable) against the owner of the vessel, too. Whether or not it’s the employer’s fault or the vessel owner’s fault, an employee may be able to seek redress against either one under the Jones Act.

Shipping and other sea-based jobs can be very dangerous. Sadly, some vessel owners and employers do not take care to ensure that their working conditions are safe for all their employees. The fact is, those in charge of a ship have a responsibility to make sure that the possibility for injuries is minimized on a vessel.

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If you’ve been injured on a boat or a ship, you may have claims under the Jones Act. Richard Serpe has a master’s degree in maritime law and has successfully prosecuted cases under the Jones Act. Your injuries that you sustained on a vessel may be grounds for such a case; speaking to a maritime lawyer is a good way to determine whether or not your case against a negligent owner or employer can proceed.