Cruise ship crew member injury and accidents
Like passengers, crew members working aboard cruise ships can also sustain injuries or suffer from illness and medical negligence.
Common crew member injuries include:
- Broken limbs or amputations
- Fights, assault and battery
- Serious head injury
- Sexual harassment and rape
- Sick from Norovirus
- Negligent or improper medical care
- Fired from position or job
- Catastrophic injury or death
Seamen injuries and the Jones Act – what you need to know
Crew members work very hard to help the cruise lines run efficiently. Without their help, the cruise industry would not exist and it is the duty of the cruise lines who employ the crew members too take care of their health and well being.
As a cruise ship crew member, you are covered under the Jones Act if you’ve suffered a debilitating injury or sickness while working.
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 eligible 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.
If you are an injured cruise ship crew member and need a lawyer – contact Waks and Barnett.
Each cases is different and the Jones Act is a complex piece of legislation requiring experienced lawyers who can help you with your claim.
This is only a brief, general overview of the intricacy involved in Jones Act cases. Waks and Barnett will provide you with extensive individual consults tailored to fit the needs of your personal case.