Find an Attorney Who Focuses on Injuries at Sea
Say you were going to have a will drafted: obviously, you would seek an attorney who specializes in wills and trusts. The same applies to an injury on or near the water. You need to have an attorney who specializes in maritime law.
Many attorneys who do not focus on maritime law do not understand it very well; as a person with no legal experience, you could end up in a much worse position if you try to deal with your accident without a maritime attorney. This is especially true if the entity responsible for your accident is a business or corporation, which will have the resources to hire a team of attorneys and investigators to try to prove the accident was your fault.
Maritime law has its own set of standards for proving fault, whether it is negligence under the Jones Act or unseaworthiness under general maritime law. An employee who works on the water and sustains an injury is entitled to maintenance and cure; the responsible party may be able to assert any number of defenses depending on the case facts, including:
- Comparative negligence
- The Primary Duty Rule
- Limitation of Liability
Where Can I File a Maritime Injury Claim?
The majority of maritime cases are filed in the federal court system. Finding an attorney who is familiar with the federal courts and with maritime law is very important if you want to protect your rights as an injury victim and get the best outcome possible. The attorneys at Latti & Anderson LLP have extensive experience in the federal courts throughout the United States. During law school, partner Carolyn Latti spent her summers working in the Clerk’s Office for the federal judges in the United States District Court in Massachusetts, and she spent one summer writing decisions for a federal judge.
Let Us Help You
The maritime attorneys at Latti & Anderson LLP can make sure you receive fair treatment during the legal process. We help clients from coast to coast and around the world no matter where they were hurt, and we can help you.
If you have been injured on the water, do not hesitate to get experienced and knowledgeable legal assistance. It could mean the difference between a fair judgment that protects your future and a settlement that barely covers your medical expenses or a loss at trial. Contact our maritime lawyers today to discuss your case. We have been assisting those injured at sea and on land for over 50 years. Call today.