“Integrity is telling myself the truth. And honesty is telling the truth to other people.” Spencer Johnson
The First Thing To Do
When handling your Jones Act Case, you must always tell the truth. Nothing is more important then your credibility. If a judge assumes you are being dishonest, your case will be thrown out and you will be left with nothing. I have seen it happen to many people.
The Next Step
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Unsafe Boarding/Departing Jones Act
From fishermen to cruise ship workers, all employees who are covered under the Jones Act have a right to a reasonably safe working environment. This safety protection covers the entire vessel—and more importantly, extends all the way until you have fully disembarked onto a dock.
Many Jones Act seamen are injured because their employers fail to provide a safe way to board and depart the vessel. Faulty gangplanks, broken ladders, or unsafe walkways can easily cause preventable injury—including broken ankles, back injuries, or even early death.
Seamen may bring Jones Act claims caused by:
- Nonslip surfaces. Ramps and gangplanks may be metal or wood, but should be treated with nonskid tread to prevent slipping when crew members go to and from the vessel.
- Improper equipment. If a regular gangway cannot not be used, a captain should ensure that any substitute gangway meets all necessary requirements for safe entry and egress from the ship, such as adequate lighting and railings to prevent falls.
- Improper mooring. A docked ship should have its gangplank securely fastened to the dock. Injuries may occur when a ship’s gangplank is tethered to another vessel or when seamen are required to pass through another vessel in order to reach the shore.
- Lack of equipment. In some cases, ship owners may fail to supply any means for the crew to pass from ship to shore, such as when the vessel is moored close to the dock. Even if the vessel is less than a foot from the dock, the ship owner is required to provide a ladder or gangplank to assist crew in getting off, because jumping from the vessel can result in preventable injuries.
- Wrongful death. There have been instances where seamen have fallen between the ship and dock, drowned due to improper lighting of the gangway at night, and have fallen to their deaths due to makeshift gangplanks giving way beneath them.
Do I Have a Jones Act Negligence or Unseaworthiness Claim?
In addition to getting payment for your medical bills and lost income, you may be able to file a negligence claim against your employer. Please feel free to use the articles on this site to gather information on an unseaworthiness claim and find out what you may be owed by your employer.
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