Deckhands serve an important role in a ship’s crew. Apart from performing manual labor, deckhands perform maintenance on a ship and often serve as a lookout when navigating.
However, while deckhands have a crucial role in a ship’s crew, working as a deckhand can mean working in potentially dangerous conditions, and lead to injuries.
If you have been injured while working as a deckhand, a Charleston deckhand injury lawyer can help you pursue compensation for your injuries under the Jones Act, and can help protect your rights. Call a qualified attorney today.
Common Deckhand Injuries
Working as part of a crew on a ship can mean working in dangerous and hazardous environments, and unfortunately, injuries are common. A maritime injury lawyer can help deckhands facing any of the following types of injuries:
- Head injuries
- Back and spine injuries
- Knee injuries
- Hand injuries
- Arm injuries
Who is Covered under The Jones Act?
The Jones Act is a federally enacted law that provides “seamen” compensation for injuries sustained while working aboard a vessel or ship. The Jones Act generally covers the following types of workers:
- Third mates
- Second mates
- First mates
- Tanker men
Vessel owners have an obligation to provide a safe working environment for their crew and their deckhands. However, all too often, deckhands suffer injuries because their vessel is not properly maintained and is filled with hazardous conditions.
Fortunately, the Jones Act applies when a seaman, while working on board a vessel, is injured in the course and scope of employment upon a navigable waterway.
Liability under the Jones Act
Under the Jones Act, an injured deckhand may be entitled to recover compensation for their injuries due to their employer’s negligence. The Jones Act requires that deckhands be provided with a reasonably safe working environment. This requires vessel and ship owners to maintain a seaworthy vessel and to use ordinary care to maintain a vessel. Examples of liability under the Jones Act include vessel owners:
- Failing to provide safety training
- Failing to provide proper supervision
- Failing to resolve hazards such as grease and oil left on deck
- Failing to properly maintain equipment
Generally, anyone who is bringing a suit under a personal injury negligence theory will need to prove that their employer’s actions were the actual and proximate cause of their injury. The Jones Act, however, provides a much lower standard for deckhands. A deckhand who has been injured on a vessel only needs to demonstrate that their employer’s negligence contributed to their accident and injury.
A Charleston deckhand maritime lawyer can help injured deckhands in Charleston and the surrounding areas aggressively pursue the compensation they are entitled to under the Jones Act.
Compensation Following an Accident
Deckhands are generally considered to be seamen under the Jones Act, and therefore are entitled to compensation following an injury. A maritime injury lawyer can help injured deckhands pursue all of the following types of compensation following an accident on a vessel or ship:
- Past and future medical expenses
- Past due wages as a result of an accident and injury
- Current wages
- Future wages
- Coverage for room and board while away from your ship and recovering
- Pain and suffering
An experienced Charleston deckhand and maritime lawyer who is familiar with the strict federal requirements can help an injured deckhand file their claim properly and assist them in pursuing compensation for their injury.
Contact a Charleston Deckhand Injury Attorney Today
The Charleston maritime lawyers at Howell and Christmas have 40 years combined experience aggressively advocating for and helping hardworking South Carolina workers who are facing an injury.
A compassionate Charleston deckhand injury lawyer understands the impact an injury can have on you and your family, and is committed to helping you by pursuing the compensation you deserve.