I was taken hostage in a pirate attack. If the company eventually negotiated my release and paid ransom, can I still hold my employer responsible for what happened?

Being taken hostage by pirates can be a terrifying and damaging ordeal. Hostages may not have access to food, clean water, medication, and other basic supplies, and they may be injured and unable to obtain medical treatment. Hostages are often kept for weeks, months, or even more than a year while their release is negotiated and funds are collected. Tragically, some hostages become terribly ill or die while being kept in these inhumane conditions. There’s no question that being taken hostage by pirates is a harrowing ordeal, but does paying to have you released mean that your employer is off the hook?

Even if your employer eventually paid ransom—or if you were rescued—you may still have a claim against your employer for sending you into a high-risk area without adequate protection against a pirate attack. With appropriate planning, training, and security, pirate attacks can be avoided or deterred and hostage situations can be prevented. Unfortunately, some employers choose to pay the cost of the occasional ransom demand while skimping on safety measures—all in the name of the bottom line.

Employers should not be allowed to gamble with workers’ safety and wellbeing in order to save on the cost of planning safe routes and providing security. By pursuing claims against negligent employers, the real life men and women who have gone through preventable pirate attacks can hold their employers accountable. If you need help, or if you simply have questions about your rights, our experienced attorneys would be happy to assist you today at 877-724-7800.

Brian Beckcom
Highest Possible 10/10 AVVO ranking. Husband. Father. Fisherman.