Jones Act Maritime Lawsuit Filed By Family of Man in Hurricane Joaquin Sunken Ship, Says Legal-Bay Lawsuit Settlement Funding

Case Funding Firm reports $100MM wrongful death suit of one of 33 crew members on board of a cargo ship that sank during Hurricane Joaquin.

Oct 22, 2015, 05:00 ET from Legal-Bay LLC

MIAMI, Oct. 22, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Legal-Bay LLC, The Lawsuit Settlement Funding Company, reports today  that the family of a man aboard a cargo ship that sank during Hurricane Joaquin has recently filed a $100 million wrongful death lawsuit against the owners and captain of the ship. According to USA Today, the suit "alleges that TOTE Maritime and Davidson were negligent in choosing to sail a 41-year-old cargo ship into dangerous weather." The cargo ship, El Faro, which was heading for Puerto Rico, was caught in the seas during Hurricane Joaquin. A few days after they departed, they were out at sea during the hurricane, and reported that they had lost power and were "taking on water." At that point, according to the article, the hurricane "was a Category 4, with winds in excess of 120 mph churning 50-foot waves."

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The lawsuit is regarding one man out of 33 crew members, however Legal-Bay expects others to file suit, as is typically the case in ship wreck cases. Items were found during searches, including a survival suit with "unidentifiable remains inside" and "a heavily damaged lifeboat and other debris." No survivors or other remains were found, and the Coast Guard recently ended the search. The man's mother released a statement, questioning why her son and his coworkers were sent into the storm.

Patty Kirby, COO and Head of Client Relations, commented on the wrongful death Jones Act lawsuit, "We are a leading company when it comes to personal injury accidents or wrongful death cases that occur at sea. However, what seems to be most tragic about this is that had the Captain just followed the obvious weather reports, it could have been avoided. The real life tragic circumstances are eerily similar to that of the Hollywood movie, 'The Perfect Storm.'"   

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Contact:  Patty Kirby, COO/Head of Client Relations
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