No matter what advancements have been made in the maritime industry over the past few decades, many workers still tragically die on the job. Working on the water has always had inherent risks and challenges, but in many cases of death or injury the causes could have been easily prevented by the employer, shipowner, or company involved.
What Is A Wrongful Death Claim?
When someone dies due to the fault or negligence of another entity, their survivors may be able to file a wrongful death claim. These claims seek compensation and damages for the losses incurred, such as loss of support and pain & suffering of the decedent.
In the case of maritime law wrongful death claims, the Jones Act offers options for claiming damages for wrongful deaths different than state or federal statutes. This is generally the best option for any survivor of a maritime worker who died on the job that wants to seek financial compensation for the loss of a loved one.
Who Can File A Wrongful Death Claim After A Maritime Accident?
Under the Jones Act, dependent beneficiaries of any deceased maritime worker can recover in wrongful death lawsuits against employers or shipowners. These beneficiaries can include:
- Wives or husbands
- And parents
What Wrongful Death Damages Can I Recover?
The beneficiaries of a deceased maritime worker can recover many different types of compensation for their loss, including:
- Lost pre-death wages
- Pre-death medical expenses
- Pre-death pain and suffering
- Lost financial support to dependents
By contacting a Jones Act attorney you can determine your eligibility for a wrongful death claim and begin working towards recovering these damages.
What Should I Do If A Loved One Dies Working On The Water?
Here at O’Bryan Law, we know that no amount of money can numb the pain of losing a loved one, particularly to a death that could have been easily prevented. However, we also understand the financial hardships these losses can bring, and we will help you fight for both justice and to restore some sense of normalcy to your life after this tragedy. If your loved one has been killed while working on the water, contact us today and let us help you get back to normal.