A U.S. Coast Guard spokesperson announced on Jan. 19 that they had suspended their search for two workers who went missing after the boat that they had been working on capsized on Jan. 16.
One of the most common work injuries in almost every industry is falling. Every year there are thousands of workers who end up with a broken bone or head trauma after tripping and landing badly. They can be attributed to reckless behavior, dangerous working conditions or neglectful employers. Maritime workers are in danger of falling constantly because they work outside and have to deal with slippery and wet surfaces.
If you are suffering from an injury you got working as a sailor, you may be unable to work for a certain period of time and lose wages. You might be wondering whether you will be entitled to receive financial compensation to help with the costs related to your injury.
Aside from the captain and others who navigate the boat, there are two types of employees who work on cruise ships: artists who have aspirations of being discovered by the entertainment industry and employees who hail from poor countries looking to see the world and to support their families. The latter is most likely to get injured while working aboard a cruise ship.
1. What is the Longshore and Harbor Workers' Compensation Act (LHWCA)?
The Jones Act serves many purposes for seamen who need protection while working an essential job in the United States, among which is compensation for on-the-job injuries. Now, a new case will analyze if those maritime workers have access to compensation beyond the cost of said injuries if an unstable work vessel caused their suffering.
Injured seamen who are hurt in service of their ship are entitled to something known as "maintenance and cure," not just lost wages.