Are Jones Act Claims Possible After Assault?
Most people associate the Jones Act with hazardous conditions and accidents that injure seamen. For decades, the Jones Act has held employers accountable for failing to provide a safe work environment. While the Jones Act covers accidents like falls, explosions, toxic exposure, and other dangerous situations, many offshore workers don’t realize they might be able to recover damages after being assaulted on a vessel.
Why Does the Jones Act Apply to Assault?
The Jones Act makes sure of one specific thing: that vessel owners provide a safe work environment for their employees. As mentioned above, failures to comply with the Jones Act often manifest as work accidents. However, the Jones Act is usable for incidents of assault between coworkers. Since vessel owners have a responsibility to provide a safe workplace for offshore workers, they must prevent any physical altercations from occurring between crewmembers.
Employers might be liable for assault if they:
- Failed to conduct adequate background checks
- Hired someone with a history of violence
- Failed to screen for mental health issues
- Ignored the concerns of other workers
Another way an employer might be responsible for assault between crewmembers is through a concept known as vicarious liability. This concept acknowledges the control that an employer is supposed to have over their crew. Essentially, vicarious liability states that a vessel owner failed to enforce the proper conduct needed to protect crewmembers from assault.
Assaulted on a Vessel? Call Our Jones Act Lawyers Today
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