Failure Of A Shipowner To Provide Medical Care
Under the provisions of the federal Jones Act, providing for the care and protection of onboard and shore-side crew members of commercial vessels includes the shipowner’s responsibility to provide medical care. This includes provisions for emergency medical treatment onboard, as well as doctor and hospital treatment to affect a healthy recovery from injuries suffered in the performance of duties. This responsibility extends to vessel owners, even when the onboard or dock accident was a case of clear negligence on the part of a party other than the owner of the vessel.
“Ship owners fight aggressively against paying the medical care required of them. Winning your case requires a lawyer who knows the law in-depth and is willing to stand toe-to-toe with some of the largest corporate interests in the world.” — Attorney Lyle Cavin Jr.
If you are a water worker who suffered an injury in an accident at sea or dockside, and your vessel owner failed to provide medical care, you have the right to file a lawsuit to cover your losses. In many cases, there will be punitive damages and payment of your legal fees required of the negligent shipowner, as well. Recently, Lyle C. Cavin played a significant role in obtaining punitive damages in a case involving an employer who failed to provide adequate medical care.
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Our firm has developed a trusted network of talented maritime counsel throughout every major shipping port in the United States. If you have a question about failure of a shipowner to provide medical care after your onboard injury, talk to an experienced attorney on our team today. Contact us to arrange a free case evaluation using our online form or by calling 510-291-4743 or 888-340-7991. From our offices in Oakland, California, we represent injured seamen nationwide.