What Are Seaworthiness Claims?

Houston Maritime Injury Attorneys Explain Unseaworthiness and Jones Act Protections for Injured Seamen


According to federal law, vessel owners must reasonably ensure the seaworthiness of their ships, boats, tugs, dredges, barges or any other vessels. This means owners must take reasonable steps to avoid or address dangerous working conditions. This can also include things that arise out of vessel and equipment maintenance and repair.

A claim of unseaworthiness under the Jones Act enables an injured seaman to seek compensation directly from the owner of a ship or other vessel. This is the case whether or not the owner had any prior knowledge of the dangerous conditions.

Were you injured? Or, was a family member killed in a maritime accident that occurred on an unseaworthy vessel? If so, then please contact the Houston, Texas, attorneys of Stevenson & Murray. We offer a free consultation. Additionally, all client consultations are strictly confidential. The law firm serves clients injured on vessels operating in the Gulf of Mexico as well as on seas and oceans worldwide.

What Constitutes an Unseaworthy Vessel?

Examples include undermanning of vessels, equipment failure, missing safety equipment, lack of an appropriate number of life vests or rafts. Any of these may constitute a failure of seaworthiness. Even a temporary condition can give rise to a seaworthiness claim. Examples include broken rigging, a malfunctioning crane or winch, or an onboard oil spill resulting in slippery decks

Seaworthiness failure claims often involve complex issues of liability as well as fine legal distinctions. These may be beyond the experience of any but the most accomplished maritime and admiralty attorneys. Furthermore, seaworthiness claims may require standing up for the rights of an injured crewman against the interests of a major multinational corporation.

Contact an Experienced Lawyer

The Texas law firm of Stevenson & Murray welcomes the opportunity to stand up for you. We will fight for your recovery after a seaworthiness failure resulted in serious injury or wrongful death on an unsafe vessel. We invite you to contact our Houston offices (713) 622-3223 to discuss your case in a free, confidential consultation. You may also contact us by email for straightforward answers or to request a case evaluation.