holding the Jones Act does not authorize recovery for loss of society or consortium for personal injurySummary of this case from Watson v. Oceaneering Intern., Inc.
July 27, 1993.
John E. Houser, Thomasville, GA, for plaintiffs-appellants.
Robert L. Crongeyer, Pensacola, FL, for defendant-appellee.
Appeal from the United States District Court for the Northern District of Florida.
Appellants brought this personal injury action under the Jones Act and general maritime law. On appeal, they argue the district court erred in granting judgment on the pleadings to appellee on their claims for loss of consortium and society. Adopting the reasoning in Michel v. Total Transp., Inc., 957 F.2d 186, 191 (5th Cir. 1992) and Murray v. Anthony J. Bertucci Constr. Co., 958 F.2d 127, 131-32 (5th Cir.), cert. denied, ___ U.S. ___, 113 S.Ct. 190, 121 L.Ed.2d 134 (1992), we hold that neither the Jones Act nor general maritime law authorizes recovery for loss of society or consortium in personal injury cases. The rest of appellants' claims, which involve the district court's jury charges, also lack merit.