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MARITIME ACCIDENTS - A Qualified Boating Accident Attorney Makes A Difference.

Every year, thousands of people are injured on the water while at work and at play. Maritime accidents encompass not only "recreational" or "pleasure" boating accidents, but also accidents that occur to longshoremen, tugboat workers, fishermen, ferry workers, and other deckhands and crew members while working at sea.

Being a seamen is arguably one of the toughest and dangerous jobs in the world. Because of this, workers on the high seas are protected through a federal maritime law known as the Jones Act, 46 USC 688. The Jones Act protects workers who are classified as seamen on cargo ships, oil rigs, barges, fishing boats, crew boats, and other transportation boats. The members of the crew as well as the masters of the crew are provided comprehensive coverage through the Jones Act when they are injured or killed as a result of negligence by their employer.

In the case of "recreational" boating accidents, motor vehicle rules generally apply.  The operator and owner of a vessel legally owe a "duty of care" to all those aboard whether it is a personal boat or a cruise ship. If the operator is found to be negligent, the plaintiff can file a lawsuit for lost earnings, past and future medical expenses, pain and suffering, loss of consortium, and punitive damages.

If you have been in a serious accident in or with a boat, cruise ship, yacht, commerical watercraft, jet ski, or any other type of ship or vessel, you need a boating accident lawyer capable of handling the complexity of litigating a maritime accident. Generally, the attorney handling the case will have to contend with state, federal, and maritime regulations, meaning that an attorney and law firm that specializes in these types of cases is essential if you want to get the results you deserve.

The law limits the amount of time you have to file suit, so if you or a loved one have been seriously injured as a result of a maritime or boating accident, we urge you to fill out the form below as soon as possible. 

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