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Two men sent to Texas hospitals after being injured on tank ship

Seamen peform numerous dangerous tasks all in a day's work. When one works on floating vessels, with slippery decks and heavy equipment, there is always a need for safety. However, sometimes work accidents occur to seamen on vessels, leading to injuries that have the potential to be very severe.

Merchant Seaman Missed Window of Opportunity to File a Personal Injury Lawsuit

Edward Arthur worked as a merchant seaman when he sustained injuries on four different ships. He sued his employers, Maersk, Inc., and Dyn Marine Services of Virginia Inc., for negligence under the Jones Act, also referred to as the Merchant Marine Act of 1920. Later, Arthur realized that these companies operated as agents under the United States navy, with the United States being the only proper defendant in the lawsuit. Arthur was granted leave to file an amended complaint, naming the United States as the responsible party, requesting that this new claim would relate back to the claim he initially made as to avoid a statutes of limitations bar. The District Court denied his request on the ground that Arthur delayed in seeking leave to amend the complaint.