Unseaworthy Vessels Can Cause Injury Or Death

The vessel was unseaworthy with respect to the seaman if the vessel does not provide him with safe and suitable appliances with which to perform his work. The vessel is unseaworthy if it does not give the seaman a safe place to work. Unseaworthiness does not mean that the vessel cannot sail, float or be navigated.

In maritime accident cases, the injured seaman does not have to prove that the entire vessel was unseaworthy or that it was in the danger of sinking. All that the injured seamen needs to prove is some condition or aspect of the vessel, equipment or crew was not reasonably fit for its intended purpose and that the seaman was injured as a result of this.

What Is Unseaworthiness?

Examples of unseaworthiness may include:

  • Improperly maintained equipment or old equipment
  • Lack of proper safety gear
  • Unsafe work practices
  • Oily or slippery decks
  • Not having enough crew members
  • Inadequate training of crew members
  • Unsafe work practices

Contact Our Maritime Attorneys In Rhode Island

If you or someone you love has sustained a serious injury in a maritime accident in Newport or anywhere in Rhode Island, we invite you to email us or call our office at 888-KARNS-LAW to schedule a free consultation. We can give you the information you need to make the right decisions for your family and your future.