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Crew Rights and Compensation After Accidents

Maritime accidents can happen due to a variety of factors, such as human error, mechanical failure, and bad weather.

When these accidents occur, crew members can be injured or killed. In some cases, the shipowner may be liable for the injuries or deaths of crew members.

Key takeaways

What is a maritime accident?

A maritime accident is any event that occurs on board a ship or other vessel that results in injury, death, or damage to property. Maritime accidents can include collisions, groundings, fires, explosions, and other incidents.

What are the injuries onboard ships?

The most common injuries sustained by crew members in maritime accidents are:

Is the Shipowner liable to the incident?

The shipowner may be liable for the injuries or deaths of crew members if they were caused by the shipowner’s negligence. Negligence can include things like failing to provide a safe workplace, failing to properly maintain the ship, or failing to train crew members properly.

What is the limited liability of a shipowner?

In most cases, the liability of a shipowner is limited to the value of the ship. This means that the shipowner is not liable for any damages that exceed the value of the ship. However, there are some exceptions to this rule. For example, the shipowner may be liable for punitive damages if they were found to have acted intentionally or recklessly.

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