Why Accidents That Occur on the Water Are Different
Accidents that do not have a maritime element are typically tried in the state where the accident took place. However, when it comes to maritime injury cases, admiralty law generally confers jurisdiction over such matters in United States federal courts. If you were injured in an accident that occurred at sea, it is crucial to hire an attorney with extensive experience with maritime laws, so you have the best chance at obtaining the compensation you deserve.
Common Maritime Accidents
There is practically an endless number of accidents that can occur at sea, resulting in injuries.
Below is a list of some of the most common maritime accidents:
- Improper maintenance of walkways and decks
- Transport of heavy cargo
- Improperly maintained or malfunctioning equipment
- Assaults committed by crew members who were not appropriately vetted
- Insufficient safety instructions
- Falling overboard
- Vessel collisions
- Recreational boating accidents
- Tugboat accidents
- Deaths on the high seas
If you were injured in a maritime accident, keep the following in mind:
- You are under no obligation to accept a settlement offer
- You can seek medical treatment from any doctor of your choosing
- You do not have to provide insurance adjusters with a recorded statement about the accident
What is the Jones Act?
If you are a maritime worker, the Jones Act is designed to offer financial relief for those who sustain injuries due to negligence or the unseaworthiness of a vessel. Through this protective maritime legislation, you can pursue the compensation you need for medical care, lost wages, emotional and mental anguish, the loss of future earnings, and pain and suffering.
Whether you were injured in a recreational or work-related accident, you should not hesitate to obtain experienced legal counsel.
Speak to an Experienced Attorney About Your Maritime Accident Case Today!
If you were injured in an accident that occurred at sea, the maritime accident team at The Law Offices of Daniel J. Miller can provide the exceptional legal guidance you need to hold the accountable party responsible for your suffering. We understand how difficult the aftermath of a serious accident can be and will give you the strong legal support you deserve during this challenging time.
Reach out to our law firm today at (757) 267-4949 to schedule a consultation with one of our attorneys to get started on your case and learn more about what we can do to assist you.