Jones Act, Maritime, Seaman & Witty

Jones Act, Maritime, Seaman & Witty:  A case in the United States Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit ruled on a motion for summary judgment and other motions.

The Jones Act, Maritime, Seaman & Witty case is about an seaman aboard a sea support vessel that was injured and later filed a lawsuit (for recovery of maintenance and cure, etc.) under the Jones Act.

A brief summary of the Jones Act, Maritime, Seaman & Witty case includes:

  1. This action arises under 46 U.S.C. § 688, the Jones Act, and the General Maritime Laws.
  2. On or about June 27, 2014, Plaintiff Ibcen Witty (“Witty”) was employed as an Ordinary Seaman by Defendant Sea Support Services and/or Sea Support Ventures (“Sea Support”) and was assigned to the M/V MISS GINGER (“vessel”).
  3. On or about June 27, 2014, as Witty was attempting to descend a set of stairs aboard the vessel, as the vessel was underway in the Gulf of Mexico off the Coast of Louisiana, he slipped and fell falling down the length of the stairway.
  4. As a result, Witty sustained injury to his body, including but not limited to, his left shoulder and low back (shoulder injury & back injury).
  5. Maintenance is a duty imposed upon a shipowner to provide for a seaman who becomes injured during his service to the ship.
  6. Cure is an employer’s obligation to pay for the medical care of the sick or injured seaman.
  7. The Court ruled: Affirm
  8. For more on the Jones Act, Maritime, Seaman & Witty case, please follow this link: 15-114 – March 6, 2015.

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