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Is a Ship Owner Liable for Jones Act Injuries Caused by Poor Lighting?

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“Integrity is telling myself the truth. And honesty is telling the truth to other people.” - Spencer Johnson

Jones Act Attorney Injured Seaman Lawyer

Lights Out

Dim Light Hanging From the Ceiling

You knew that a few lights were out on the deck, and you took all the proper precautions. You know better than to cross the deck in the dark, but you had no choice, and you ended up on your back—and in the hospital.

Jones Act workers can be at deadly risk of falls, head injuries, and even death due to unlit passageways and guardrails. Consider how poor lighting has caused a wide range of injuries for seamen in the past:

  • Exit and entry. Ship owners have been found negligent for lack of proper lighting on gangways and ladders after seamen returning to the vessel at night missed their footing and fell between the ship and the dock.

  • Unlit rails and hatches. Defective lighting on guardrails increases the risk of overboard injuries, while allowing open hatches to remain unlighted and unguarded can lead to falls into the lower decks.

  • Rough seas. Ship owners have a duty to fix dim or broken lights quickly, as injuries are more likely after nightfall or during unfavorable weather conditions.

  • Defective light sources. Seamen who are injured due to defective or malfunctioning light sources are also entitled to pursue negligence claims. Gas lamps, flashlights, spotlights, and other light sources can all cause injury or delay rescue that leads to fatal effects.

How Can I Gather Evidence of Poor Lighting for My Case?

A Jones Act seaman should not need to prove that poor lighting was a factor in his injury to collect maintenance and cure benefits. However, you may need the help of a Jones Act attorney to file a negligence claim against the captain or ship owner. A maritime injury attorney can investigate the circumstances of your accident and stop evidence from being destroyed, helping you to get the additional funds you need for your injuries. Feel free to research your case using the related links to learn more about your case.

My Best Advice

Many times I have witnessed Jones Act cases get thrown out before they have even started. Why? Because the claimant was not honest or not truthful. And a lot of times, those people do not understand why their case was dismissed.

I have to be frank here. You have to be honest on everything about your case. You need to make sure that all the good and bad facts are brought to the table from the beginning. If you do not, then you will lose. Sometimes the truth hurts, but remember it is the truth that sets you free.

If you want to win your Jones Act Case, you need to make sure to take the proper steps. I have been handling Jones Act Cases since the 1980's. I have seen and learned a lot.

My Second Best Advice

Order my free book, Win Your Injury Case: The Ultimate No B.S. Guide To Avoiding Insurance Company Tricks That Ruin Your Case [even before you hire a lawyer].

I promise you this book is full of helpful and useful information that will help you succeed in your Jones Act Case. 

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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
“When I seek out professional advice, I don’t want B.S., I want it straight up. I figure you do also.”
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