Maritime law, also known as admiralty law, deals with activities that take place on bodies of water. It protects people injured on rivers, streams, lakes, seas and oceans, as well as on docks, piers or in shipyards. Attorneys dedicated to this distinct field of law help maritime accident victims and their families fight for fair and just compensation.
Different maritime laws apply to different situations, and knowing which special laws are relevant given your particular circumstances is important to the success of your case. An experienced maritime attorney will thoroughly evaluate your case—where your maritime accident occurred, whether you sustained the injury while working or while enjoying recreational water activities, what caused your injury, whether the accident could have been prevented, etc.—and determine which domestic and/or international maritime laws apply.
A maritime trial lawyer also helps you understand any time limits you have for filing a claim. If you do not contact an experienced maritime trial lawyer soon after your injury, you may miss the window for seeking compensation.
Not all attorneys are equipped to handle maritime cases. Attorneys who specialize in maritime litigation understand how admiralty laws differ from the laws governing land-based activities, know how various admiralty laws intersect, and are familiar with recent legislative changes and court decisions affecting maritime cases. Non-maritime attorneys often lack this expertise.
Companies involved in maritime accidents quickly put to work investigators and lawyers to protect their interests, so you need your own attorney who will protect your rights and conduct a separate investigation on your behalf. Time is of the essence, because the investigator will need to obtain witness statements and gather other vital evidence. Tell us about your maritime accident before it’s too late to take legal action.
Latti & Anderson LLP – Boston maritime trial lawyers