Maritime Personal Injury

Recreational Boaters

Cruise Ship Passengers

Seamen on Commercial Ships

Longshore and Harbor Workers

Off-shore Oil Employees

Maritime law, also known as Admiralty law

Is the "Law of the Sea."

It covers all marine activities on Navigable Waters of the United States, and on all International Waters.

Navigable waters of the United States include Ports, Harbors, Bays and Rivers where Ships carry Cargo or Passengers.

The law applies to the operation of vessels of all types, from a Super Tanker or Super Ferry to a Towboat or Tugboat, to a Cruise Liner or Canoe, to a Fishing Boat or a Small Skiff.

It covers personal injuries to seamen, fishermen, fish processors, factory workers, vessel officers, vessel engineers, galley workers and others whose work contributes to that of the vessel. Additionally, it covers Passengers and other Visitors on Ships, such as longshoremen and shipyard workers.

Maritime law also covers Airplane and Helicopter crashes at Sea.

Maritime Injuries under the Jones Act

The Jones Act of 30 March 1920 provides an injured seaman a remedy against employers for injuries arising from negligent acts of the employer or co-workers during the course of employment on a vessel. Claims brought under the Jones Act can also raise claims against a vessel's owner that a vessel was un-seaworthy. If a seaman dies, a wrongful death claim may be based on the Jones Act, general maritime law, or on a separate federal statute, the Death on the High Seas Act.

Rights of the Injured:

Any person injured or killed aboard a vessel has certain rights against the vessel owner.

Those employed by the vessel owner may be entitled to maintenance, cure and wages.

Ray Calafell, Jr. PA 


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