Maritime Accidents Don't Always Happen Far Out to Sea

Q

Do maritime laws apply if I’m hurt soon after we leave dock?

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Yes. While some maritime laws, such as the Death on the High Seas Act, only apply if you are a certain distance from shore when an accident occurs, there are other laws that protect you if you are hurt closer to shore. Often, the key considerations have little to do with your distance from shore and more to do with your working status and the responsibilities of your employer.

Don’t Try to Navigate Maritime Laws Alone

You may be a skilled navigator at sea, but you should be wary about trying to navigate your own legal recovery after a maritime accident. The actions that you take or fail to take immediately after the accident can have a significant impact on your potential recovery. Accordingly, if you have been hurt on Long Island Sound, in Delaware Bay, or out on the open Atlantic Ocean then you should consult a maritime lawyer to:

  • Find out which laws apply to you.
  • Make sure that your legal rights are protected.
  • Fight for the fair and just recovery that you deserve.

You already know that there is a lot to do on board a vessel when you first leave dock. There is a lot that can go wrong, and this time something went very wrong and resulted in your injury. Please learn how to protect your rights by reading our FREE report, Are You a Seaman Injured in a Maritime Accident? Know Your Rights, and please start an online chat with us now to get your specific questions answered.