In the death action, the en banc majority found that the facts in McBride were indistinguishable from the facts in Miles. Therefore, as Miles limited survivor damages to their pecuniary losses, the personal representative of the deceased seaman was equally limited to pecuniary losses.
Quickly turning to the injury plaintiffs, the Court pointed out that the Jones Act applied to injured seaman as well as those killed through the negligence of their employer. The Court further noted that "no one has suggested why [the Miles] holding would not apply to an injury case such as those asserted by [the injury plaintiffs]."
In addressing Atlantic Sounding, the Court noted that SCOTUS did not overrule Miles and "took pains to distinguish" maintenance and cure claims from the claims in Miles and equally, the case before the Court.