A Closer Look at New York and New Jersey Maritime Law
Maritime workers face dangers on a daily basis and continuously put their lives at risk. Not only do they come in contact with heavy machinery, slippery decks and other hazards onboard the vessel, they also have to contend with unpredictable waters. When you couple these dangers with negligence and unseaworthiness, the outcome is catastrophic.
If you or your loved one has been injured in a maritime accident, you have a lot of uncertainty right now. You're unsure how long it will take to recover from the maritime injury. You're nervous that you won't be able to pay the bills. You're worried that you will be "blackballed" if you file a Jones Act claim or other offshore injury claim. On top of these concerns, the employer may be putting pressure to get back to work.
There is help available.
At the law firm of Hofmann & Schweitzer, we have been trendsetters in shaping maritime law and we are passionate about protecting the rights of injured seamen, longshoremen, roughnecks, commercial divers, fishermen and their families. Don't wait to contact a maritime lawyer - contact us today at our New York office at 212-465-8840, our New Jersey office at 908-393-5662 or Toll Free at 1-800-362-9329.
What Can Damage Your Injury at Sea Claim
There is a lot of confusion following an accident. You want to feel as though you can trust the employer and its insurance company, but as we have seen too many times, workers are taken advantage of.
You need to be aware that the following can hurt your chances of collecting a fair settlement:
1. Signing papers without consulting with a maritime injury lawyer
2. Giving a recorded statement
3. Not seeing a doctor
4. Agreeing to a settlement before talking with a maritime injury attorney
5. Letting an employer pressure you to go back to work before you are ready
6. Waiting too long to file a maritime accident claim
Injured Maritime Workers Have Rights
There are various laws that protect maritime workers, including the Jones Act, the General Maritime Law, the Death on the High Seas Act and the Longshore and Harbor Workers' Compensation Act. These laws exist to not only provide legal protection for those within the maritime industry, but to allow them to collect compensation. For example, a worker who is considered to be a seaman under the Jones Act, can file a claim to recover compensation for his injuries when the maritime accident was caused by negligence of the vessel owner or the unseaworthiness of the vessel, its agents or crewmembers.
Maritime law is complex and requires the expertise of an experienced maritime attorney to explain your legal rights. Our law firm has been representing injured offshore workers since 1977. We spare no reasonable expense when it comes to investigating maritime accident claims, so that we are fully prepared when it comes time to settle your claim or go to trial. Our maritime attorneys do not hesitate to go after the big shipping companies and corporations and we have achieved positive outcomes for our clients time and time again.
When it comes to an injury from a maritime incident on a ship, tug, yacht, barge, offshore oil rig, a vessel collision or other maritime accident, you need to be represented by someone who knows maritime law and has extensive experience. As a client of our law firm, you will feel confident knowing you are represented by an attorney who has a proven track record of winning cases.
Paul T. Hofmann, Esq. has 29 years of legal experience and has been named Super Lawyer for four years running, which is awarded to lawyers who have obtained a high level of peer recognition and professional achievement. Tim Schweitzer has over a decade of legal experience and is an officer in the Admiralty Law Section of the American Association for Justice (AAJ), an organization that fights for the rights of injured victims.
In 2010 Paul T Hofmann obtained another important decision in Wesley v. City of New York, 76 A.D. 3d 925 (1st Dept. 2010). Wesley is important because the appellate court recognized that summary judgment can be granted to a seaman on an unseaworthiness claim. There, a New York City ferry worker was injured when part of a hoisting mechanism, which was attached to a moveable bridge connecting the land to a City operated ferry, spun uncontrollably, striking and injuring plaintiff. There was a dispute as to what was the actual defect in the mechanism, but there was no dispute that the equipment spun in an uncontrolled fashion, constituting an unseaworthy condition
For information regarding your legal options, contact one of our knowledgeable maritime lawyers at our New York office at 212-465-8840, our New Jersey office at 908-393-5662 or Toll Free at 1-800-362-9329.
The law firm of Hofmann & Schweitzer represents maritime cases throughout the country, including the east coast, west coast, the Rivers, Great Lakes and the Gulf of Mexico.