How to Recover When Safety Equipment Fails on Your Ship

Who Pays When Safety Equipment Fails on Your Vessel

Paul Hofmann
Specializes in personal injury, with emphasis on maritime, railroad and construction worker tort claims

If you’ve been hurt in an accident at sea and your safety equipment has failed, then the answer to who pays for that injury is obvious: you. You may be the one paying for the injury physically, emotionally, and financially. However, you might not be the only one who should pay.

Who Else Should Pay?

Whether you were hurt on a commercial scallop boat on the Atlantic or while working on a sightseeing ferry on the Hudson, you may not be the only one who is financially responsible for your injuries. If the safety equipment on your boat should’ve prevented your injuries had it worked properly but failed to protect you from getting hurt, then it is important to consider who else may be liable. That may include:

  • Your employer who failed to provide you with the right safety gear for your unique voyage, failed to make your vessel seaworthy by providing the right safety gear, failed to train you about how to use safety gear, or who was otherwise negligent.
  • The manufacturer or distributor of the personal safety gear if there was a defect in the product.
  • Vessel maintenance or repair companies who may have worked on the boat and failed to maintain or replace safety equipment appropriately.

Often a full investigation will be needed to determine who was responsible.

What Will They Pay For?

How much you may recover from your employer or a third party depends on a number of factors, including the extent of your injuries and whether you may be entitled to pain and suffering. At a minimum you may be able to recover your medical expenses and your living expenses while you are unable to work.

To learn more about your rights and possible recovery, please read our FREE brochure, “Are You a Seaman Injured in a Maritime Accident? Know Your Rights” and browse our free videos today.