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When Is a Captain or Ship Owner Responsible for a Jones Act Slip Injury on Deck?

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Slip and Fall Accidents on Deck

Slippery decks are a daily hazard for a seaman, so you’ve probably skidded across the surface of the ship hundreds of times before. However, this time your fall was serious enough to keep you on your back (and out of commission) for several weeks. You are filing a claim to get payments for your injury under the Jones Act, but could you be owed more for a deck slip than just maintenance and cure?

Ship Deck With a Door to the Ship

A variety of Jones Act workers are placed at risk of slippery decks during the course of their employment. Even if their industry requires contact with slippery substances, workers may still be placed at unreasonable risk of slipping due to:

  • Grease and oil. Spills from lubricating substances, such as grease and engine oil, must be cleaned up quickly and efficiently to avoid unnecessary accidents. If a ship owner or captain did not order the cleanup in a timely manner, knew about the spill, but took no action, or did not provide adequate means of cleaning up the spill (such as using sawdust for extremely viscous substances) could constitute negligence.
  • Water. Wet decks may be commonplace, but that does not mean employers should not attempt to lessen the amount or danger from standing water on decks. Employers have a duty to install proper grating, drainage, and non-slip surfaces to provide as much traction as possible on the decks. Employers can also be liable if the crew had reported the incident and raised concerns about wet decks, but the captain took no action.
  • Fish or crab. Fishermen are at special risk of slipping due to hauling fish, crab, and sea life from the open water. Seaweed, algae, and other debris further increase the risk of falls, and seamen are entitled to recover even though greasy conditions are considered a common and necessary risk of the job.
  • Food scraps. Claims have arisen due to falls caused by improper disposal of food items, slips on dirty galley floors, and even falls by crew members who slipped while cleaning up the spills and detritus that posed a risk to the crew.

How Do I Know If My Injury Was Caused by Negligence?

If you are a Jones Act seaman, you can file a negligence claim as long as the ship owner or captain was negligent in keeping the deck clear, and that the negligence directly led to your injury. An experienced maritime injury attorney can help you investigate the circumstances of your claim and give you an idea of what to expect in your case.

Disclaimer: Please understand these discussions and/or examples are not legal advice. All legal situations are different. This testimonial, endorsement and/or discussion does not constitute a guarantee, warranty, or prediction regarding the outcome of your legal matter, your particular case/ situation and/or this particular case/ situation. Thanks, Bill Turley

William Turley
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