Harbor workers and seaman put themselves at risk on a daily basis. Malfunction or failure of a vessel or its equipment is dangerous. Regular ship maintenance is crucial. Failure to properly maintain a vessel can put its crew at risk to accidents, ill health, and even death.
A regular maintenance program is important. It can stop emergency corrective maintenance and worker injuries at sea. Maintenance should include inspections and safety checks.
Failing to properly maintain a vessel is negligence. If a ship’s poor maintenance is the cause of injury, its owner is legally liable. By law, an injured seaman has the right to compensation for medical treatment and pay.
A vessel owner has a duty to provide and maintain a seaworthy vessel. The Doctrine of Unseaworthiness is a part of General Maritime Law. It imposes the duty upon a shipowner to provide a seaworthy vessel. “Unseaworthiness” refers to a vessel or ship that cannot perform its intended functions.
A shipowner’s duty is maintaining a ship’s equipment in proper operating condition. The failure of a piece of equipment is enough to establish unseaworthiness.
Unseaworthiness does not necessarily mean that the vessel cannot sail. It is unseaworthy if it does not provide safe and suitable work environment or equipment.
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Failure to adequately or properly maintain a vessel can put its crew at risk to accidents, ill health, or even death.
An injured seaman does not have to prove that the entire vessel was unseaworthy. He or she just needs to prove that some condition of the vessel was not reasonably safe, and injured as a result. It is important to talk with a lawyer, even if the case seems simple. An attorney can identify liability factors. Most importantly, ensure that you get medical treatment and financial reimbursement.
Our Louisiana maritime lawyers at the Law Offices of L. Clayton Burgess investigate thoroughly to prove fault. We develop strong claims complete with employment records and witness statements. Our staff and attorneys aggressively fight insurance companies to get maximum benefits.
If you have been the victim of an accident due to a failure to properly maintain a vessel, contact our offices. Our personal injury attorneys can help you to receive compensation and hold the responsible parties accountable for their negligence and harm. The initial personal injury consultation is no charge. If we agree to accept your case, we will work on a contingent fee basis. We get paid for our services only if there is a monetary award or recovery of funds. Call The Law Offices of L. Clayton Burgess Today!