What Laws Protect The Rights Of Cruise Ship Workers?
The Jones Act is a series of American maritime laws designed to protect workers from injury, death, and illness while working on the water. While many Jones Act cases tend to revolve around cargo ship workers, commercial fishermen, and the like, the laws of the Act also extend to any maritime worker employed by a cruise ship who makes its home port or base of operations in America or who sails through American navigable waterways.
Any injury or illness suffered by a cruise ship worker caused by a negligent or unseaworthy condition aboard their vessel is sufficient grounds to seek compensation under the Jones Act & general maritime law. Injured & ill cruise ship workers are also entitled to pursue maintenance & cure, wrongful death, and other types of financial compensation & remedies with the help of a maritime lawyer.
What Types Of Cruise Ship Workers Are Covered By The Jones Act?
Any worker actively employed on a cruise ship in navigation is covered by the Jones Act for any kind of injury or illness that is found to be caused by conditions aboard the vessel. These workers can include:
- Navigation crew
- Excursion worker
- Waiter or waitress
- Child care worker
- Sport instructor
- Medical worker
- Casino Dealer or worker
- Beautician or barber
And many more. If you are employed by a cruise ship and you are injured or fall ill while on the job, a maritime injury attorney can help you seek financial compensation under American maritime law.
What Are Some Common Cruise Ship Worker Injuries & Accidents?
Cruise ships can be just as hazardous to workers as other types of commercial vessels. Some of the most commonly-encountered accidents and injuries include:
- Co-employee negligence
- Equipment malfunction
- Inadequate equipment
- Inadequate manpower
- Improper work procedures
- Inclement weather
- Line handling
- Dock accidents
- Slip and falls
- Boarding and departure accidents
- Passenger assaults
- Food poisoning
- Failure to provide a safe place to work
If I Am Injured While Working On A Cruise Ship, What Options Do I Have?
If you have been injured while working on a cruise ship, you need to contact a Jones Act attorney immediately. Many times, shipowners and cruise lines will try to get their workers to sign an unfair settlement for force them into a ‘limited liability’ agreement to reduce their ability to seek compensation for any injuries suffered while in their employ. Don’t let your employer get out of paying you what you deserve – contact O’Bryan Law today and let us fight for you. We have been representing injured cruise ship workers for years and have a winning track record to show for it. The lawyers at O’Bryan Baun Karamanian will get you the justice you deserve.