Fiercely Advocating On Our Clients’ Behalf
Unseaworthiness Claims

Unseaworthy Vessel in Jones Act Claims

Need to File a Claim? We Can Help!

As one of the staples of maritime law, the owner of a ship or vessel must ensure that the craft is safely maintained and ready for regular operation. In other terms, the owner must keep their vessel "seaworthy." When this most basic of duties is not fulfilled and the vessel becomes unseaworthy, the crew and all guests on board and are put at serious risk of injury.

A vessel that can be deemed unseaworthy is hindered in some way by the following problems:

  • Faulty machinery or other equipment
  • Insufficient or ineffective crew or staffing
  • Inadequate maintenance and dangerous conditions
  • No direction from controlling officers

To put matters into perspective, a seaworthy vessel is one that:

  • Provides seaman a safe place to work and live
  • Is reasonably prepared for its intended operations
  • Has regular safety inspections and working safety gear
  • Has an effective and competent crew

Was your personal injury caused by a vessel that was unseaworthy? Let our Weston Jones Act attorneys at Rash Mueller hear your story and build your case.

Call our firm at (954) 914-7116 today.

The Jones Act & Injury Claims at Sea

Workers' compensation benefits are upheld by either federal or state law, depending on who was hurt and where. If you work on a cruise ship and are injured out on the open seas, however, you will not be considered in any federal or state jurisdiction, so you actually need to seek workers' compensation through a piece of legislation known as the Jones Act. This grants those employed for work at sea the right to sue their employer on grounds of negligence that led to damages or injuries. Due to the uniqueness of the Jones Act, filing a personal injury claim using it can become a complicated matter, and you should seek the help of a professional maritime lawyer before proceeding.

You may use the Jones Act to sue your employer for a variety of reasons, such as:

  • Slip and fall injuries due to debris on deck
  • Burn injuries due to pipe ruptures or onboard fires
  • Head injuries caused by falling objects
  • Preventable accidents caused by a lack of training or leadership

Looking for an attorney who always puts his clients' needs first? Contact our firm today.

Hundreds of Millions Won on Behalf of Our Clients

  • Class Action Case $4,000,000,000

    Helped in litigating landmark tobacco class action case in Miami.

  • Medical Malpractice $19,500,000

    Medical malpractice case brought by a 53-year-old man against a surgery center and doctor for improper discharge after cervical fusion resulting in catastrophic injury.

  • BP Oil Spill Damages $15,000,000

    Recovered for businesses and individuals who were damaged by the BP Oil Spill.

  • Maritime Claim $9,000,000

    Cruise line crew member injury case.

  • Railroad Injury Case $3,500,000

    Railroad locomotive engineer injury case.

  • Maritime Claim $3,475,000

    Confidential settlement for a 38-year-old Chief Stewardess on a 112’ superyacht that injured her back lifting a jet ski necessitating two back surgeries, the first one botched by a doctor selected by the vessel owners.

  • Medical Malpractice $2,500,000

    Recovered settlement for mother who died from cervical cancer due to negligence of laboratory and doctor, both of whom misinterpreted and misreported biopsy specimen as benign when it was actually cancerous. The settlement is significantly more than arbitration damage caps for medical malpractice cases in the state.

  • Maritime Claims $2,200,000

    Settlement in a cruise line crew member wrongful death case.

  • Medical Malpractice $2,000,000

    Medical malpractice case brought on behalf of a 73-year-old woman against the hospital and intensive care doctors who misdiagnosed and failed to timely diagnose her encephalitis resulting in brain damage.

  • Medical Malpractice $1.2 Million
/

Fighting Beside You

Read Our 5-Star Reviews
  • Most professional lawyer we have ever worked with!

    “If you are looking for an excellent attorney, look no further.”

    - Mindy A.
  • Wonderful team! Great group of people, very attentive to clients!

    “Would definitely recommend to others!!!”

    - Jennica P.
  • The entire team is professional, knowledgeable, and confident in the work they do.

    “Will definitely be using them again if needed in the future. Thank you!”

    - Katie G.
  • Ethical and caring with a deep knowledge of the law.

    “We strongly recommend Mr. Rash you won't be disappointed.”

    - Dori L.
/

Put Over 30 Years of Experience on Your Side

What Separates Us

  • We Provide Free Consultations
  • Personalized Attention & Care
  • 40 + Years of Collective Experience
  • Track Record Of Success