The people that work in maritime industries know they face more dangers than workers in most other jobs. Every day, the men and women who work on rigs, vessels, and ships, as well as those who man the ports, terminals, and docks that load, offload, repair, and build those vessels are working around toxic fumes, flammable and explosive chemicals, and heavy equipment that can quickly cause permanent if not catastrophic injuries. Some of the most fundamental maritime laws are in place to protect these workers. These laws include:
- Admiralty Jurisdiction Extension Act – extends the federal jurisdiction of maritime courts to land accidents and injuries that were caused by a vessel on navigable waters.
- Admiralty Law – is also known as maritime law, and is a combination of international and domestic law that covers all injuries, offenses, torts, and contracts involving vessels on navigable waters, including inland waterways.
- Death on the High Seas Act – federal law that allows the family of someone who died due to a wrongful or negligent act on the high seas to seek financial benefits.
- Longshore and Harbor Workers Compensation Act – federal law that provides harbor workers, longshoremen, and other maritime workers with medical benefits, rehabilitation services, and lost wage compensation if they were injured in or by a job-related activity.
- Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act – extends the Longshore and Harbor Workers Compensation Act to include submerged lands of the Outer Continental Shelf that fall under the jurisdiction of the U.S.
- Public Vessels Act – federal maritime law that provides an avenue for injured seamen to seek legal action against the United States for damaged caused by a public vessel owned by the U.S.
If you have been seriously injured or if you have lost a loved one in a fatal offshore accident, speak to us as soon as possible. We have decades of experience in fighting for people in the commercial maritime industries, and we stand ready to fight for you. Fill out the form for more information about what we can do for you and your family.