FAILING TO PROPERLY MAINTAIN THE VESSEL
Seaman and harbor workers put themselves at risk on a daily basis. The federal government allows injured seamen to recover damages if they can prove that a failure in maintaining the vessel was a contributing factor responsible for causing the work-related offshore accident. Our Louisiana maritime lawyers at the Law offices of L. Clayton Burgess investigate to prove fault, even when liability is initially unknown. We develop strong claims complete with witness statements or employment records to identify sources of liability. We can also consult industry-leading maritime law experts invaluable in helping us identify liability factors.
The term “unseaworthiness” as used in maritime law, refers to a seaworthy vessel or ship whose hull, equipment and crew are reasonably adequate in design, maintenance and character to perform their intended functions in the operation of the ship.
Unseaworthiness does not necessarily mean that the vessel cannot sail or be navigated. The vessel or ship is unseaworthy to a seaman if it does not provide him with safe and suitable mechanisms with which to perform his work, or if it does not provide him with a safe place in which to work.
Therefore, injured seaman does not have to prove that the entire vessel was unseaworthy or inadequate, but that some condition or aspect of the vessel, equipment or crew was not reasonably safe or appropriate for the work intended, and that he/she was injured as a result.
If you feel that you or a loved one have been injured or have experienced a life changing accident due to failure to properly maintaining the vessel or ship call an experienced Louisiana lawyer today at the Law Offices of L. Clayton Burgess (337) 234-7573 or toll free (877) 234-7573