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I operate a vessel that transports ship pilots to and from vessel while underway.
This vessel has a clip in rail that when used harnesses the deckhand to the
vessel and decreases the risk of the deckhand falling overboard. Question if not
used but available and a incident where to happen would there be legal
Asked on April 20, 2017 under Personal Injury, Washington
S.L,. Member, California Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney
Answered 6 years ago | Contributor
The owner of the vessel would be primarily lliable, but you would also be named as a defendant in a lawsuit for negligence by a party injured on the vessel.
Liability would include compensation for the medical bills, compensation for pain and suffering which is an amount in addition to the medical bills, and compensation for wage loss.
A lawsuit would only be filed if the case is NOT settled with the vessel's insurance carrier.
If the case is settled with the vessel's insurance carrier, NO lawsuit is filed.
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