Category Archives: Maritime Law

Maritime law is the law of the sea, and commercial fishermen and merchant seamen will need a qualified maritime attorney to pursue their claim for maintenance and cure.

Things Passengers Need to Know About Filing Maritime Injury Claims

If you’re injured in a car accident, filing a claim can be simple. However, if you are a passenger injured in an accident at sea, filing maritime injury claims can be complicated. After all, you have to determine a few factors before you can file a claim, including: Was the ship seaworthy? Did the accident occur in U.S. navigable waters? What if the boat was in international waters? Did you agree to a provision when you purchased a ticket, particularly if you were injured on board a cruise ship? Did negligence play a factor? If you’re feeling a little overwhelmed by these questions, that’s normal. However, it only gets more confusing from here. Consult a Maritime Injury Attorney to Help You Navigate Through Maritime Law What type of vessel also plays a factor in how you go about filing a claim. If you are a passenger who is injured on…
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What Makes a Vessel Unseaworthy?

A vessel is a broad term that is not limited to a ship or a boat. A vessel can also include production platforms, offshore oil rigs, barges, moored casino boats or even helicopters. Unseaworthiness is any unsafe condition on a vessel that causes injury. Ship owners and operators by law have a duty to ensure their vessels are seaworthy and provide safe working conditions for maritime workers. That said, the following are some of the most common examples of what makes a vessel unseaworthy: Unsafe Equipment, Ropes and Tools While the unseaworthiness doctrine applies to the vessel itself, it also applies to unsafe ropes, equipment, tools and improperly stored cargo. Lack of Proper Safety Equipment When a vessel owner fails to provide proper safety equipment to workers, this also makes the vessel unseaworthy. Under federal law, both ship owners and offshore employers must give workers access to safety equipment they…
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Is This Injured Longshoreman Protected By Maritime Law?

A longshoreman was driving a yard mule truck loaded with granite and iron bars at the Sun Terminals shipping container yard when it collided with a golf cart in a four-way intersecting path. The driver of the golf cart died and the longshoreman sustained injuries. It seems the shipping yard does not have signs or traffic controls in the area the crash happened. Although this accident happened on land, longshoremen and other maritime workers are still protected by maritime law when they are injured on the job. Injured Longshoremen Are Still Entitled to Compensation for Injuries Longshoremen are responsible for a variety of tasks that can be laborious and require all their focus, including: Operating heavy machinery, such as cranes and forklifts Transferring loaded trailers from ships to trucks Rigging cargo However, just because maritime workers aren’t injured at sea does not mean they are not entitled to compensation if…
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