Who is responsible if a maritime employee is hurt by an Act of God?

Maritime work is inherently dangerous and employees who are hurt by an Act of God may be unable to recover damages from their employer. An Act of God is usually defined as an unexpected and extraordinary event and may include things such as an earthquake, tornado or hurricane. When determining whether a particular event was an Act of God many courts will consider whether a maritime employer made an effort to listen to forecasts and warnings and take reasonable safety precautions with regard to whatever forecasts and warnings were provided.

The information on this page is meant to provide a general overview of the law. The laws in your state and/or city may deviate significantly from those described here. If you have specific questions related to your situation you should speak with a local attorney.

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