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Chandris Inc. v. Latsis

515 U.S. 347, 115 S.Ct. 2172, 132 L.Ed.2d 314, 1995 AMC 1840 (1995)

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Chandris Inc. v. Latsis

United States Supreme Court

515 U.S. 347, 115 S.Ct. 2172, 132 L.Ed.2d 314, 1995 AMC 1840 (1995)

Facts

Antonios Latsis (plaintiff) was an engineer employed by Chandris Inc. (defendant), a company that operated a fleet of cruise ships. Latsis maintained and updated the electronic and communications equipment on the vessels and worked both on land and on the vessels during voyages. Latsis was working on one of the ships when he developed a detached retina in his right eye and sought care from the ship’s doctor. The doctor erroneously told Latsis that he could wait until the ship reached port to seek care for the issue; rather, he should have instructed Latsis to seek emergency care. When the ship reached port, an eye doctor ordered immediate hospitalization and surgery, but Latsis still lost 75 percent of his vision in that eye. Latsis continued to work for Chandris after his recuperation but was eventually terminated. Latsis sued Chandris in federal district court under the Jones Act seeking compensation for his injuries based on the ship doctor’s negligence. The jury returned a verdict for Chandris, finding that Latsis was not a seaman for purposes of the act. Latsis appealed, and the court of appeals vacated the judgment and remanded the case for a new trial. The United States Supreme Court granted certiorari.

Rule of Law

Issue

Holding and Reasoning (O’Connor, J.)

Concurrence (Stevens, J.)

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