Deckhand Injury Claims

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A deckhand is an important part of a ship’s crew.  A deckhand performs all kinds of manual labor that are vital to the ship’s mission and potentially dangerous to the deckhand.   Unfortunately, deckhand injuries are common.  A seaman who sustains a deckhand injury may be entitled to damages pursuant to the Jones Act.

Deckhand Injuries

While any deckhand injury sustained during the course of employment as a deckhand is technically a deckhand injury, back, shoulder, spine, hand, arm and leg injuries are most common.  Often these types of injuries occur on a tug boat when:

  • Equipment such as winches or cranes are defective;
  • Crewmembers are negligent in their duties and injury causing mistakes are made.  Negligence can occur anytime a crewmember fails to exercise a reasonable standard of care and injuries result.  Sometimes crewmembers become fatigued because they are required to work long hours, for example;
  • Crewmembers are not properly trained to work with the equipment or in the weather conditions present; or

Crewmembers are required to work in conditions that violate safety and health regulations.

Recovering Damages for a Deckhand Injury: Attorney Help

Tugboat injury claims may be brought pursuant to a federal law known as the Jones Act.  The Jones Act allows deckhands and other seamen to recover damages if they sustain injuries due to the negligence of the ship owner, captain or other crew members.  Damages can include compensation for:

Past and future medical expenses .  The Jones Act allows recovery up to the maximum medical cure – in other words you can recover for medical expenses until medical care is no longer helping your condition improve;

  • Past, current and anticipated future lost income;
  • Maintenance expenses for room and board while you are not on your ship due to your injury; and
  • Pain and suffering .

If you have been hurt on a tug boat and want to file tugboat injury claims then you should consult an experienced Jones Act attorney who can help you file your lawsuit, negotiate a settlement and recover damages.

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