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Admiralty & Maritime Law

Our Firm can assist clients that have been injured while in, on, or around various bodies of water, whether on a boat or in the harbor. Admiralty and Maritime law extensively deals with the application of law to events that occur on waterways that can be used for commercial shipping, such as oceans, large lakes or rivers.

Commercial waters are divided into territorial waters and the high seas. Territorial waters are close to land, while the high seas are those waters that are further away from land. Injuries that occur either in, on, or around these bodies of water invoke Admiralty and Maritime Law.

The Jones Act is a federal law that protects employees who are involved in workplace accidents. Under the Jones Act, an employee has a right to a “safe place to work”. The Jones Act is a fault-based statute, meaning that an employee can collect damages if an employer is at fault. This fault can take many forms including the improper or unsafe acts of co-employees, an unsafe workplace, or unsafe or improper instructions. It is often easy to show that injury could have been avoided if the employer acted in a safer manner.

The Jones Act mandates that an employer must properly train employees, properly supervise their work activities, and provide enough employees to perform the jobs to which they are assigned. Employers frequently perform jobs without sufficient employees, as they simply rely on crew members that are available at the time. This indicates to the Judge or Jury that safe working conditions were not provided to employees, thereby creating a cause of action in favor of injured employees. Coast Guard rules do not apply to the Jones Act, which empowers them to investigate serious injuries under the Act. Among other Coast Guard regulations, some regulations mandate keeping the vessel safe without any dangerous trip or slip hazards aboard the vessel. Other regulations require that all walkways must be properly marked.

Our Maritime Law practice focuses on following aspects of Admiralty and Maritime Law:


  • Wrongful death
  • Maritime or cruise ship accidents
  • Slip and falls
  • Trip and falls
  • Car accidents
  • Truck accidents
  • Product liability
  • Medical malpractice
  • Professional negligence
  • Wrongful prescriptions
  • Sexual assault
  • Assault and battery
  • Negligent security

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