Crew Member Assaults

Assaults are common aboard ships and vessels. Physical and sexual assaults among crew members can come in many different forms, causing serious injury to the victim. The Jones Act protects crew members and entitles them to compensation for their injuries. If you have been assaulted while working on a ship or other vessel, you need to understand your legal rights.

Violent behavior by workers aboard a ship can constitute an unseaworthiness or negligence claim against the owner. Compensation for injuries can be pursued if the employer or vessel owner knew or should have known about the violent or aggressive tendencies of the crew member. Employers and vessel owners are required to take necessary steps to prevent assaults. When they fail to do so, the injured crew member can file a Jones Act claim.

A large number of assaults on ships go unreported, which may have to do with the fact that many crew members are unaware of their rights. Assaults often include the following:

  • Stabbings
  • Sexual assault or rape
  • Use of weapons
  • Fights

Injuries from crew member assaults can be extremely painful and could require a lengthy recovery. Assault injuries can be both physical and psychological and may include:

  • Puncture wounds
  • Broken bones
  • Traumatic brain injuries or head injuries
  • Neck injuries
  • Back injuries
  • Lacerations
  • Severe bruising
  • Mental anguish

As a victim of assault on board a ship or other vessel, you may be able to pursue compensation for your injuries. You can be awarded damages from the assailant, vessel owner or other responsible party for the injuries you have suffered as a result of the assault. Compensation from a successful Jones Act case can cover the costs of your medical expenses, lost wages, both past and present and other costs associated with your injuries.

After an assault on a vessel, you may be confused and embarrassed. The Jones Act attorneys at the Willis Law Firm understand the pain and stress of dealing with an assault. We can review your case to determine if you should file a Jones Act lawsuit. The legal consultation is free and kept strictly confidential.