Our client was an engineer working on a supply boat in the Gulf of Mexico. He was assigned to a new vessel and unfamiliar with the engine room. On his second day working he tripped and fell on a piece of loose floor grading. Discovery revealed the grating had not been properly secured causing the corners to bend downward and thus creating a trip hazard.
We filed suit under the Jones Act alleging the floor condition created an dangerous condition and thus rendered the vessel unseaworthy.
The client’s injuries were serious and included permanent damage to his hand rendering him disabled.
The mater was settled prior to trial.
The Jones Act and federal maritime law give injured workers special protections. These laws have existed for almost a hundred years but as most things, have changed over the years. Our firm has been handling Jones Act, Maritime and offshore cases for over 20 years. We have the experience to assist you with your case.