Maritime accidents occur during activities on, or relating to, the sea. These accidents can be work-related or recreational. Maritime accidents occur not only with boats but also with other types of watercraft, such as cruise ships. These types of incidents also account for any accident that occurs on a dock, while participating in water sports, or on offshore drilling rigs. Maritime incidents which can lead to injury, property damage and death include:.
Hazardous Work Accidents
Throughout the Gulf of Mexico, the coastal regions of Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and Florida, and on inland waters, oil and gas industry employees, seamen, fishermen, drillers, and dockworkers are exposed to dangerous conditions on the high seas. Although the many hazards of working at sea are well known to maritime workers and their families, no one can truly be prepared for a fatality among their families or friends.
– Cruise Ship Accidents
– Off-Shore Oil Rig Accidents
– Marine Crane Accidents
– Commercial Fishing Boat Accidents
– Tanker, Cargo Ship, and Barge Accidents
– Shipyard Accidents
Common Causes for a Maritime Lawsuit
A maritime claim can arise from any situation where the equipment aboard a given vessel has become unseaworthy, or unfit for use at sea, due to owner negligence. Common maritime dispute causes include:
– Lack of appropriate equipment
– Inability to provide medical treatment after an accident
– Unsafe working conditions
– Failure to provide safety gear or appropriate training
– Ignoring safety statues and standards
– Inadequate training or safety measures
If you have been injured through negligence or unseaworthiness, you have rights to compensation for pain and suffering, past and future lost wages, lost earning capacity, disability, disfigurement, medical expenses, and loss of enjoyment of life.
1 – Many maritime injury claims are governed by the Jones Act or General Maritime Law also known as Admiralty Law. Maritime law is a distinct body of law which governs maritime questions and offenses. It deals with matters including marine commerce, marine navigation, shipping, sailors, and the transportation of passengers and goods by the sea.
2 – Whether you are a passenger on a pleasure boat or cruise ship or a worker on a barge or fishing boat, if you are injured due to an accident that occurs while boating, special laws apply to your case. Maritime laws, also referred to as “admiralty laws,” govern activities aboard water-going vessels. These laws give special rights to injured people and place special obligations on the owners and operators of the boat.
3 – These special laws also mean that maritime injury cases can pose challenges for attorneys who are unfamiliar with this body of law. The attorneys at The Law Firm of Garcia and Ochoa have experience handling injury accident cases against private, commercial and government-contracted boat owners and operators.
Contact one of our maritime attorneys today and schedule a free consultation, so that we can sit down with you, discuss the details and particulars of your individual case, and determine what is the next best step for you and your case.