Commercial Divers The General Maritime Law and Damages

In addition to the Jones Act, commercial divers are protected by the general maritime law and in particular unseaworthiness. An owner of a vessel has an absolute duty to provide a seaworthy vessel, and a breach of that duty gives rise to a claim for damages. Here, a commercial diver will have to prove that the owner had failed to … Read More

Punitive Damages May Be Available in Jones Act Cases

Under maritime law, injured seamen may have negligence and unseaworthiness claims, but they are also entitled to the right to payment for maintenance, cure and unearned wages. Basically, maintenance and cure is an obligation imposed upon a shipowner to provide for a seaman who becomes ill or injured during his service to the ship. This obligation arises from the employment … Read More