Who Is Considered a “Seaman” Under Law?
However, if you spend at least 30% of your time on a water vessel, or performing duties related to the operation of such a vessel (ship breakers, builders, and repairers), you also qualify as a “seaman” under law.
This is according to the The Longshore Harbor and Workers’ Compensation Act, and is a definition that has been reaffirmed in recent case law. What it means for you is: you may be entitled to further protections and insurance as a seaman if you’re injured while doing a maritime job.
The legal definitions and protections regarding seamen are put in place so that those whose service regularly exposes him (or her) to the perils of the sea are appropriately protected. Pierce Skrabanek has the familiarity to help you navigate these choppy legal waters.