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Wednesday, October 7, 2020
US Federal Government Settle Jones Act Lawsuit for $2 Million
A 58-year-old civilian maritime worker received a Jones Act
settlement after being seriously injured while working aboard a United
States military ship in the port of Jangu, South Korea.
The accident happened on August 2, 2010, onboard the S.S. Cape Jacob, a
prepositioning ship operated by the Military Sealift Command. The man
said he was ordered to secure mooring lines to the dock, but the captain of the
ship ordered a tug, towing the ship into the dock, to pull away before the man
was able to fully secure the mooring lines. This reportedly caused one of the
lines to break and then snap back, striking the seamen. He suffered a brain
injury and compound fractures in this incident.
A lawsuit was filed against the federal government, which alleged negligence
under the Jones Act. This lawsuit sought damages for past and future pain and
suffering, medical bills, lost income, and physical impairment but never went
to trial and was instead settled for $2 million.