Photo credit: MOL Chemical Tanker
While MOL Chemical Tanker’s Argent Sunrise was docked at the ConocoPhilips refinery in Richmond, California, police responded to reports of a death on board the ship.
The only information that has been released is that the deceased crewmember is a man in his thirties.
Maritime law protects seamen who are killed at sea. The Jones Act and the Death on the High Seas Act allows immediate family members – spouses, children, and parents – to hold the company accountable for the death of their loved one if it was caused by negligence or unseaworthiness.
Our firm has a long track record of helping families of deceased mariners hold the companies accountable for safety failures, negligence, or unseaworthiness. We have helped families send a message to the companies that they cannot put profits over the safety of their crews.
Families can legally be compensated for the financial losses the death of their loved one will cause, including:
- Funeral costs
- The lost wages their loved ones would have earned in the future
- Any medical expenses if the loved one received emergency medical treatment before being pronounced dead
- Compensation if their loved one endured any pain and suffering before they died.
- The loss of financial support the mariner would have provided to their children or to their parents in their lifetimes.
In some cases, the families can recover punitive damages if the company is found to be grossly negligent.
Because these lawsuits often cost companies a lot, some companies get to work immediately to destroy or hide evidence and find ways to avoid being held accountable for the death of their employee. That doesn’t mean families can’t hold them accountable – families have to get work as soon as possible. That’s where we come in. Our experienced maritime lawyers get to work right away. We make sure the companies can’t hide, destroy, or alter evidence in any way by getting a Temporary Restraining Order from a judge. We launch an independent investigation to find out what happened and who should be held accountable. The results of the investigation help determine what types of damages families can claim in their lawsuits.
To get started today, call us at 877-724-7800 for a free, confidential consultation. Our attorneys will review your case, help you understand your legal rights, and help you determine your next steps.