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How does the law define unseaworthiness?

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How does the law define unseaworthiness?

Common Questions by seriously injured Jones Act Seaman and their families:

          How does the law define "unseaworthy?" 
          When is a vessel unseaworthy?

The following is the Ninth Circuit Model Jury Instruction for Unseaworthiness:


A vessel owner has a duty to provide and maintain a seaworthy vessel. [That duty cannot be delegated to anyone else.]

A vessel is seaworthy if the vessel and all of its parts and equipment are reasonably fit for their intended purpose [and it is operated by a crew reasonably adequate and competent for the work assigned].

A vessel is unseaworthy if the vessel, or any of its parts or equipment, is not reasonably fit for its intended purpose [or if its crew is not reasonably adequate or competent to perform the work assigned].

A vessel owner has a duty to provide adequate safety equipment for the vessel. However, the owner of the vessel is not required to furnish an accident-free ship. A vessel owner is not called on to have the best parts and equipment, or the finest of crews, but is required to have what is reasonably proper and suitable for its intended use, and a crew that is reasonably competent and adequate.

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What is negligence under the Jones Act?
What do you have to prove in a Jones Act negligence claim?
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Five Reasons to Hire The Turley & Mara Law Firm, APLC

If you aren't sure how to pick a law firm to handle your Jones Act case, consider the following facts about The Turley & Mara Law Firm, APLC:

1. Maritime law cases are our main focus. The Turley & Mara Law Firm, APLC focuses on maritime injury cases. Not all firms who will take your case have the experience and focus that we do. If you speak with another law firm, you should find out how many maritime law cases they have actually handled. You will probably be a tad surprised when you find out. You don't want your lawyer to use your case as "on the job training." You need an expert on maritime law. Don't let another attorney use your case to learn maritime law.

2. Our attorneys will personally handle your case. Our attorneys and staff at The Turley & Mara Law Firm, APLC will handle your case. We won't refer you out to a maritime law firm. We know this because many of these firms refer maritime and Jones Act cases to us. If you hire us directly, you will cut out the "middle-man," so to speak.

3. Our history speaks volumes. The Turley & Mara Law Firm, APLC has a documented history of winning maritime, Jones Act, boat accidents and ship accident cases.

4. We have been recognized by other lawyers as being leaders in our field. Bill Turley was elected to be the President of Consumer Attorneys of San Diego and has been elected (for over 10 years) to be on the Board of Governors of the Consumer Attorneys of California. Bill was chosen 2010 Top 10 Personal Injury Lawyers in San Diego. Bill is regularly published in very respected legal publications. In other words, Bill is very well respected by other lawyers and Judges.

5. Experience counts. The attorneys at The Turley & Mara Law Firm, APLC have over 30 years of experience representing folks injured on boats and ships. In other words, folks just like you. Bill is considered by many to be "Dean of the San Diego Maritime Bar."


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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