Cruise ship crew members – helping answer questions about injuries
Thousands of crew members work on hundreds of cruise ships around the world. They provide a myriad of valuable services that allow the cruise lines to operate efficiently and help allow passengers to enjoy the experience of cruising. hire-cruise-ship-accident-lawyer
Unfortunately, these workers are also subject to many hazards in the line of duty – and quite often, injuries can occur. Line cooks get burned in the kitchens. Engine room crew are exposed to dangerous working conditions. Cabin crew get herniated disks and shoulder injuries.
If you’ve been injured while working on a cruise ship, you may have questions about what to next.
As cruise injury attorneys, we’ve help numerous crew members get compensation for their injures, including:
$2 Million for a crew member who underwent unnecessary abdominal surgery without general anesthesia, resulting in permanent instestinal damage.
$900,000+ for a crew member seriously injured as result of an assault by a fellow crew member.
$2 Million recovery by settlement and verdict for multiple crew members from many countries who were injured in a lifeboat safety drill.
If you are an injured crew member and have legal questions, please contact Waks and Barnett to speak with an attorney about your potential claim. Please call us at this toll-free number: 800-905-2891.
Crew members do have legal rights
As a cruise ship crew member – if you’ve suffered a debilating injury or sickness while working – you are covered under the Jones Act .
The main purpose of the Jones Act is to aid seamen injured in the line of duty. Depending on your individual circumstances that means you might be elegible for lost wages, help with medical bills, help with room and lodging costs and other benefits.
It could also mean help with future wages, future medical bills and compensations for pain and suffering. These benefits may extend to your family as well.
It is important to remember that, as an employee of a cruise ship, you do have legal rights and protection under the law.
Common questions from injured cruise ship crew members:
If I’ve been hired to work on a vessel, do I have any right to be compensated if I suffer an injury or illness?
Yes, but your rights depend upon what you were hired to do, and whether there was any negligence or unseaworthiness involved. To qualify as a crewmember, it is not necessary to be directly involved in a vessel’s movement from place-to-place, so long as your work contributes to the accomplishment of the vessel’s overall mission. For example, processors on factory trawlers or on fish-processing ships, and food-service workers and card dealers on passenger vessels are all crewmembers. Even marine construction workers on special crafts such as dredges may qualify.
If I am a crewmember and there is no negligence or unseaworthiness involved, what are my rights?
You are entitled to maintenance (a daily allowance to help support you), cure (your medical expenses), and wages (a continuation of your pay, at least for a brief interval, and perhaps longer, depending on the terms of your employment agreement).
Under what circumstances must the above benefits be paid?
Whenever a crewmember becomes injured or ill while still in the service of the vessel. The injury or illness need not be caused by the crewmember’s work. Even a crew member who suffers an injury or illness while on authorized shore leave may be entitled to these benefits, so long as he or she is “on call” and bound to resume the performance of duties upon command.
If there is negligence or unseaworthiness, are there additional benefits?
Yes. Under Maritime law, if a crewmember’s injury or illness has been caused even to the slightest degree by negligence, the individual may recover damages in addition to the basic benefits outlined above. Under Maritime law, unseaworthiness does not refer to vessels which are just about to sink, but is rather a very broad term, including any defect or deficiency in a vessel, equipment, supervision or personnel. Under these circumstances, if injured due to either negligence or unseaworthiness of the vessel, a crewmember may collect damages for out of pocket losses, past and future medical expenses, lost income, loss of earning capacity, as well as damages for past and future pain and suffering, and loss of enjoyment of life.
Do you have questions about your injury? Please contact us to speak with an attorney about your potential claim.
Please call us at this toll-free number: 800-905-2891.