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Vessel owners’ duties to longshoremen

Any employee in New York has a right to expect a company to ensure safe working conditions. Likewise, you should be able to trust that the owners of the vessels you load and unload will do what they can to maintain your safety. We at the law firm of Tabak, Mellusi & Shisha understand all the nuances of the Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act, and how those may apply to situations where you work.

Collision between ship and destroyer still under investigation

New York seamen aboard vessels around the world are subject to a number of risks that people in occupations on land never encounter. Accidents have the potential to be much deadlier when stranded in the open ocean, particularly when, as is frequently the case, rescue is not immediately available.

What is maintenance and cure?

Workers in New York can typically receive compensation for on-the-job injuries through workers’ compensation. As a seaman, this coverage is not available for you. However, according to the U.S. Courts for the Ninth Circuit, federal law does require your employer to provide financial assistance when you have medical needs because of a physical condition that arose while you were in service on the vessel.

Recovering from a boating accident

When it comes to boating accidents, there are a myriad of ways that things can go wrong. For example, you may be hurt while working on a fishing boat, or you could sustain an injury or lose a loved one in an incident that occurs on a cruise ship. At Tabak, Mellusi & Shisha, we believe that victims of these accidents deserve justice. Sadly, far too many peoples' lives have been upended in Manhattan and all across the state of New York due to these accidents.

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