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Injured seaman seeks compensation against ship owner

An injury to a worker on a ship in New York is not the same as suffering an injury while working a job on land. For one thing, the person must use maritime laws to seek appropriate compensation. This gives the injured seaman the right to sue the owner of the vessel for negligence while also claiming maintenance and cure benefits. The lawsuit against the owner can ask for damages that do not involve medical care or living expenses while on land to seek medical treatment for the injury.

Fisherman suffers head injury while at sea

Many people along the shoreline of New York decide to make fishing their career. Some of them own their own boat while others decide to work on someone else’s ship. The smaller vessels will often just sail out for the day and return under the cover of darkness while larger ships – those in search of crab or large tuna – may stay out for a week or more. Fishermen who work on these ships often find themselves in tight quarters, and they must be constantly on the lookout for swinging equipment, littered decks and slippery surfaces. If they are not careful, or the ship’s officers have failed to do their part, injury can easily occur.

When a service worker is hurt on a vessel

Vessels can have far more workers aboard them than just those involved with its navigation and engines. For example, there can be various general service-providing workers on maritime ships. Some examples of such workers are listed on this page of our website. Service-providing workers can be particularly common on passenger vessels, such as cruise ships.

Falling accidents do not always happen above deck

If you are like other people in New York City, you may have decided to pursue a career at sea. The rolling ocean waves, the salty air and ability to travel to foreign places are big allures but there are also a lot of risks for injury. Here at Tabak Mellusi & Shisha LLP, we know that a sudden accident can end your dream of sailing the high seas and that not all accidents occur above deck.

Injured on a ferry boat? You may be owed compensation

Because of how common they are, most people know how to handle an injury-causing accident on land. They typically know who should be held liable and what laws afford them compensation for the damages they have suffered. Unfortunately, the same isn't always true with accidents that happen on the water.

If I contract norovirus on a cruise ship, am I owed compensation?

Cruise ships have long been a popular vacation option for families looking to relax and unwind without having to worry about travel, eating or sleeping arrangements. On a cruise ship, a lot of that is taken care of for you. You're well taken care of on a cruise ship, or at least that's what most cruise lines will boast.

East River Ferry accident leaves at least 10 passengers injured

When most people think about traveling between New York City's boroughs, transportation options including motor vehicles or the subway most-readily come to mind. However, to save time and obtain a better view of the city, millions of people also use New York City's extensive ferry system to navigate between boroughs.

Police detective who was injured during East River rescue sues city and NYPD

When most people think about seamen who suffer injuries; individuals who work in commercial fishing or on cruise lines and shipping vessels likely spring to mind. While individuals who are injured while working aboard fishing boats, cruise ships and ocean liners are covered under the Jones Act, many other individuals who work in various professions are also eligible to claim injury benefits and take legal action under the law.

Injured seamen need skilled and knowledgeable legal representation

More than ever before, the economies of countries around the world are interdependent upon one another through the buying and selling of goods. From cars and the oil that fuels them to seafood and toys, according to the United States Department of Transportation, the majority of U.S. goods are both imported and exported via sea vessels.

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