Could I Be Injured if My Employer Does Not Heed the Warnings of the International Ice Patrol

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Could I be injured if my employer does not heed the warnings of the International Ice Patrol? If I am injured should I contact a New York maritime attorney?
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Yes, you may be injured if your maritime employer does not pay attention to the information published by the International Ice Patrol (IIP). The IIP was established in 1913 as a result of the Titanic tragedy. Since 1913, the IIP has operated continuously (with the exception of the two world wars) and reports that no vessel that has heard and followed its warnings has collided with an iceberg in the North Atlantic.

The IIP, operated through the U.S. Coast Guard and the Canadian Ice Service, issues a daily report for mariners. If the crew of your vessel does not heed the warnings then a serious collision with an iceberg is possible. A collision could result in damage to the vessel and injuries or fatalities for crewmembers.

If you have been injured in a maritime accident, with an iceberg, or otherwise then you may have the right to recover damages for your injuries, and it is important to contact a New York maritime attorney as soon as possible.

You can reach an experienced New York maritime lawyer by calling the New York maritime accident law firm of Hofmann & Schweitzer at 1-800-MAY-DAY or 1-800-362-9329. We also encourage you to learn more about your rights after a maritime accident by reading our publication, Are You A Seaman Injured In A Maritime Accident? Know Your Rights which is available for FREE on our website.