American seamen have three avenues of recovery against a shipowner in respect of injuries sustained on board a ship: maintenance and cure; the Jones Act; a claim of unseaworthiness.
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To allow punitive damages on unseaworthiness claims would create bizarre disparities in the law. First, a mariner could make a claim for punitive damages if he was injured onboard a ship, but his estate would lose the right to seek punitivedamages in a wrongful death action if he died from his injuries. Man's/Woman's: Adidas: Good Global GoodsMan's/Woman's: LeBron Nike AZG QS: Every Week NewSecond, because unseaworthiness claims run against the owner of the vessel, the owner could be liable for punitive damages while the ship’s master or operator—who could be more culpable—would not be liable for such damages under the Jones Act. Adidas Nemeziz Tango 17.1 Tr Blue Men Running Shoes 11Puma Womens Fierce Core Black Fashion Sneakers Shoes 10 Medium (B,M) BHFO 0627Third, allowing punitive damages would place American shippers at a significant competitive disadvantage and discourage foreign-owned vessels from employing American seamen