Dramatic changes in product and professional liability are reaching the maritime sector. This paper reviews the present state of the law as it effects the naval architect/marine engineer. Among the topics to be considered are a practical explanation of what professional liability entails, reasons for the increase of lawsuits in this area, differences in liability with reference to commercial versus consumer cases and property damage versus personal-injury cases, and leading cases affecting the professional with examples of how they might relate to common problems found in naval architecture/marine engineering. Typical defenses available to defendants are also presented, along with the dangers inherent in these lawsuits such as large expenses, both legal and expert, and disruption of business activites. Insurance coverage as to types and availability, including alternatives, categories of monetary damages, limitation and indemnity clauses, and protection of assets are topics also reviewed, and, finally, recommendations are made for the evaluation of business practices from the standpoint of liability. It is hoped that, by improving his or her understanding of all the facets of professional liability, the naval architect/marine engineer can avoid at least some of the more extreme problems present in this area.

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    • Presented at the 11 May 1978 Meeting of the New York Metropolitan Section of SNAME
  • Corporate Authors:

    Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers

    601 Pavonia Avenue
    Jersey City, NJ  United States  07306-2907
  • Authors:
    • Chandler III, G F
  • Publication Date: 1979-10

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  • Accession Number: 00301406
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Nov 7 1979 12:00AM