Maritime Accidents FAQ

What is a maritime accident?

A maritime accident is any accident that occurs upon a body of water as opposed to on land. They can happen to anyone in or on the water, including seamen, merchants, fisherman, divers, ship crews, passengers, people using recreational watercraft and more.

What is the most common environment in which maritime accidents occur

The working deck of a vessel continues to be one of the most dangerous and common areas for injuries to occur. Commercial fishing continues to rank as one of the worlds most dangerous professions. Seamen are frequently confronted with unseaworthy vessels, dangerous equipment and the negligence of other.

What kinds of laws govern maritime accidents?

Since maritime accidents take place on the water, they are usually governed by federal laws including the Jones Act, general maritime law and/or the Death on the High Seas Act.

What should I do if I’ve been a maritime accident?

Prompt investigation is very important with maritime accidents. Vessels and witnesses working aboard vessels can ship out literally overnight. If the accident investigation is not completed before the ship leaves, valuable evidence can be lost or destroyed. Obtain all relevant contact information of the other party and witnesses as well as the name and location of the vessel and then contact us immediately to discuss your legal options.

How can I successfully pursue and win a maritime accident insurance claim?

You will need to prove that your injury was the result of another’s negligence or due to the unseaworthiness of the vessel involved. Evidence and witnesses in maritime injury cases disappear quickly and it is important to consult a maritime accident injury attorney to protect your rights.

If you or a loved one has been injured in a maritime accident, contact us to discuss your rights. We will work to ensure that you and your family are fairly compensated for all medical expenses, lost wages and pain and suffering.