Maritime Injury

Millions of Americans participate in boating and maritime experiences for both work or leisure each year. Being out in the open water is adventurous and exciting yet it can also be dangerous.  Workers in the maritime industry tend to face higher risks of death, illness and injury then the average worker.  If you have been injured in a boating accident or as maritime worker it’s important to speak to a lawyer experienced in maritime law.

 

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4,168 Accidents

In 2019, the Coast Guard counted 4,168 Accidents that involved 613 deaths
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0.6% Increase

Compared to 2018, the number of accidents increased 0.6% in 2019
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3.2% Decrease

In 2019 the number of
deaths decreased 3.2% compare to 2018
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Drowning

79% of fatal boating accident victims drowned
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Boats

Injuries can happen in several ways on a boat. It may happen in transport or dropping your boat into the water or personal watercraft.
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Cargo Ships

Cargo ships, barge, and tanker accidents are governed under federal admiralty laws.
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Yachts

Most yacht accidents are preventable. The most common reasons for yacht accidents are simply that people underestimate what can happen while on a watercraft.
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Maritime Injury Lawyer

Maritime Injury Law

At Maritime Legal Services we specialize in injuries, fatalities and accidents from Cargo ships, motor boats, tankers, sailboats, and personal watercraft equipment. Nationwide representation.
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Top 5 states with most registered boats

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Florida
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Maritime Work is Dangerous

Maritime work is a broad term that includes many different occupations of people who work on or near a body of water: dock workers, fishermen, cruise ship workers, and more. Employers should take every precaution to keep maritime employees safe, however even with the best precautions accidents can still occur.

If a maritime worker is injured on the job due to negligence then a special law, The Jones Act, provides protections and compensations for those injured. Speaking to a Maritime Injury Lawyer will make sure you get the compensation you deserve after an injury

Jones Act and Maritime Injury Attorneys

If a maritime worker is injured on the job due to negligence then a special law, The Jones Act, provides protections and compensations for those injured. Speaking to a Maritime Injury Lawyer will make sure you get the compensation you deserve after an injury

In maritime work negligence which leads to injuries do happen. Seamen and others working in the maritime industry are not covered under traditional worker’s compensation. Instead they are  covered by something called the Jones Act.

Established in 1920, the Jones Acts is a federal law that covers these types of workers and helps them get compensation for injuries. In order to be considered a maritime worker in terms of the Jones Act, you must spend at least 30% of your time working in a vessel on navigable waters. 

If you have been injured on the job as a maritime worker, you have three years from the time of the accident to file a lawsuit with the help of a maritime injury lawyer. In addition, something that makes the Jones Act so unique is that it covers both past and future losses. Therefore with your compensation you are ensured compensation for projected future loss of earnings and medical expenses. 

Even if you did receive money for your injury from your employer the Jones Act will let you fight for compensation if your employer didn’t properly compensate you initially. Therefore, If your employer did compensate you but you feel that the compensation wasn’t fair it’s another reason to reach out to a lawyer.

Tanker or Cargo Ship Injuries or Accidents

Tanker, Cargo ship and barge accidents are governed under federal admiralty laws. A cargo ship is technically an ocean barge by law that can both carry dry and liquid bulk cargo over short or large bodies of water. Maritime workers and other ship employees can be injured on the water or also by managing the contents on and off the ship. Unfortunately, these accidents occur and they can cause catastrophic injuries and sometimes death because of the weight and size of these containers.
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