The Philippines contributes around a third of the world’s 1.2 million seafarers, so it is unsurprising that the People Claims team deal with a high number of illness and injury cases among Filipino crew. These often result in...
The PEME team together with their accredited clinics provide advice and information on a range of illnesses affecting crew. The latest health focus from PEME and People Claims is on mental health issues on-board.
This edition of BI News contains articles on thin skulled plaintiffs; support for injured crew; overseas arbitration clauses; requiring the surrender of US Merchant Mariner’s documents as condition of settlement; and, the impact...
The International Chamber of Shipping reports that there are currently around 1.2 million seafarers actively serving on vessels in the world merchant fleet. Given the financial exposure that crew claims pose for Members; Amanda Hastings, Claims Executive for the People Claims team looks at one element of crew illness claims - work-related disease. Looking at the key contractual provisions for work-related illness under the Philippines Overseas Employment Agency Standard Employment Contract (POEA SEC), the challenges posed by contracts which fall silent on definitions of work-related illness and advice to Members on mitigating liability in these types of claim.
From 13th April 2015, the Courts and Criminal Justice Act 2015 (“the Act”) provided Defendants with the possibility of striking out a personal injury claim on the basis of fundamental dishonesty. This was a significant development in the ways open to Defendants of fighting back against fraudulent claims.
The September edition of Hellas Hilights is now available to download, with articles from the team on People Claims, the dangers of enclosed spaces, Worldscale and an introduction to the newest Member of the Greek Team - Tania Bourla.
Accidents relating to entry into enclosed spaces have resulted in a large number of deaths of both ship and shore personnel so far this year. David Nichol, UK P&I Club risk assessor, reviews enclosed space incidents and his suggestions for safer working practices.
This edition of BI News contains articles on recent legal decisions concerning longshore workers (page 3 and page 8); heavy weather incidents (page 5); medical consolidation (page 9) and troubling news for cruise line operators with the groundbreaking Franza ruling - page 10.