On Tuesday a ferry beginning its trip across the Hudson River ran over as many as 10 kayakers. Our take on this, based on many years of maritime law personal injury experience, is that the position of "lookout" on a vessel (required by the United States Coast Guard) is more than a role in a movie that allows dialogue to take place with the captain; it is a critical position for ensuring the safety of passengers and other vessels on bodies of water. (Yes, a kayak likely would be considered as a matter of law to be a vessel in navigation).
You work hard to earn a living and do not have time to dig through law books to make sure you know your rights.
At Hofmann & Schweitzer, we are advocating aggressively for a victim of exposure in the workplace. Our latest action is filing a legal complaint against the Delaware River and Bay Authority (DRBA).
We've said it before and we'll say it again: far too many seamen and longshoreman workers are injured or killed in preventable accidents, and we hope that putting this issue under the microscope will lead to fewer tragedies.