As a maritime worker, you have the right to a safe work environment. Many maritime companies have been found guilty of pushing their workers to the limits during bad weather. From a simple thunderstorm to a full hurricane, poor weather conditions increase the risk to maritime workers. Maritime law requires that employers follow certain safety rules and when these rules are neglected and people are injured, the company is liable.
If your employer is found to have been negligent in addressing your safety during bad weather, you may qualify to file a maritime injury case for compensation. Jones Act seamen are eligible for medical benefits and for maintenance and cure regardless of who was at fault for the injury. When a seaman who is covered by the Jones Act is injured on-the-job, fault does not need to be established in order to receive compensation. The employer must pay for the injuries regardless of the cause of the accident.
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