Medical Negligence Aboard Ships
Medical negligence aboard ships at sea is not acceptable. If you have been injured at sea through medical negligence or failure to properly treat your injuries or illness, you may have claims under general maritime law, the Jones Act, or the Death on the High Seas Act. Vessel owners and employers owe crewmen and passengers a duty to provide them reasonable medical care in the event of a sudden medical emergency. Properly equipping the vessel with medical supplies and having a well-trained crew may make the difference between life and death when injuries occur far from shore.
Medical consultations are now readily available to ships at sea 24 hours a day via ship-to-shore telecommunication services. Delays in bringing crewmen to shore, improper treatment, or misdiagnosis of conditions all may be the basis of claims for negligence. Whether you are on a cruise ship, a fishing vessel, or a tug boat, if the failure to provide you proper medical treatment has caused you damages, you may be entitled to compensation under federal maritime law. Our lawyers can advise you regarding your legal options.
To learn more about your rights and to discuss your possible claim for negligent medical treatment at sea under federal maritime law, contact the attorneys at Stacey & Jacobsen, PLLC for a free initial consultation or call 866-974-9633 today at our Anchorage or Seattle offices.