Ship owners have a lot of responsibilities when it comes to the safety of their vessel. Owners are required to make sure their vessel is fit and safe. This includes not just their vessel but the equipment and supplies on board as well.
When equipment or supplies lead to an injury, injured seamen need to recognize that they have rights under maritime law. Injured seamen may be able to file an unseaworthiness claim to help pay for medical costs, pain and suffering and lost income due to their injuries.
Owners can be held liable for injuries on their vessels, including injuries caused by equipment or supplies that are not safe or faulty. Unseaworthiness claims are quite complex. Proving liability can be difficult but not impossible so it is important to understand your rights and to speak to an attorney right away if you have been injured.
These claims can stem from equipment or supplies on board being faulty, not having enough equipment or supplies or when someone is injured due to other types of negligence on the ship.
Unseaworthiness claims follow strict maritime laws. Many ships are owned by corporations and have complex ownership structures. This is why it is important to make sure the claim is filed against the actual owner of the vessel.
It is also important to make sure any negligence by the owner is documented to prove that the owner failed in its duties, which led to the injury. Another vital part of these claims includes carefully calculating the value of your losses caused by the injury to make sure to help during settlement negotiations or at trial.
All of these factors play a significant role in your case. Our law firm understands complex maritime legal matters and is dedicated to helping victims of maritime accidents. To learn more about unseaworthiness claims, visit our maritime accidents page.