Waterway Injuries Require Experienced Counsel
In the early 20th century, it became clear that offshore workers and seamen needed some form of protection if they were injured at work. The Merchant Marine Act of 1920 resulted, with Section 27 emerging as perhaps the most frequently cited portion. Known as the Jones Act, this section affords seamen and others the ability to obtain compensation from ship owners, crew members and captains whose negligence was the cause of the harm they suffered.
At Edelman, Krasin & Jaye, PLLC, we pride ourselves on decades of experience handling maritime cases for injured clients and are well-equipped to pursue compensation on your behalf in this unique and complex area of law.
Protections Provided By Admiralty Law
Because injuries of this type are subject to specific and complex laws, there is simply no substitute for an attorney with specific expertise in the Jones Act, the Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act and all other federal laws pertaining to harm suffered on or near the open water.
The Jones Act safeguards the rights of those working on:
- Ocean-going ships
- Commercial fishing boats
- Oil rigs
- Drilling platforms
Meanwhile, the Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act is a federal law that extends protection to those who are injured while repairing, loading, building or unloading vessels on waterways.
If a loved one is killed in international waters due to the negligence of another or the vessel being unseaworthy, spouses and other dependents can recover under the Death on the High Seas Act.
There are also remedies available for those injured on cruise ships. Ship operators and charter companies can be held responsible for overboard falls, ship fire injuries, docking accidents, norovirus infections and more.
Maritime And Admiralty Lawyers On Your Side
Admiralty and maritime injury cases are unusually complex matters. They require comprehensive knowledge of the pertinent statutes and a personalized approach to client care.
The personal injury attorneys of Edelman, Krasin & Jaye, PLLC, have built their careers on the belief that those harmed by the negligence of others deserve compassionate, tireless advocacy.