Personal Injury

Seamen strive for recognition by US courts

IN the course of processing personal injury claims in the United States and Panama, two matters constantly crop up in P&I club portfolios. First, who can claim to be a 'seafarer?' Second, when should foreign seafarers' claims be heard in US and Panamanian jurisdictions, and are they entitled to seaman status as defined in the Jones Act? The motives of the claimants lie, of...