Also known as admiralty laws, maritime laws are a set of federal statutes that protect the rights of various maritime workers. If you or someone you love was injured on the job or suffered a work-related illness or medical condition, you could be entitled to compensation under the Merchant Marine Act, the Jones Act, or another maritime law.
At Salenger, Sack, Kimmel & Bavaro, LLP, we represent honest, hardworking people who have suffered severe and even debilitating workplace injuries. Our New York maritime law attorneys have successfully represented all types of maritime workers in highly complex claims; to date, we have recovered more than $1 billion in compensation for our clients. Our team is ready to stand up for you and fight for the full, fair recovery you are owed.
Common Maritime Accidents & Injuries
All types of maritime workers—from seamen to shipyard workers to maintenance crews—face certain risks every day on the job.
Some of the most common maritime accidents include:
- Slips, trips, and falls
- Falling overboard
- Toxic exposure
- Becoming trapped in enclosed spaces
- Machine entanglement
- Being struck by falling objects
- Incidents involving defective tools or equipment
- Explosions and fires
- Fishing accidents
- Dock, pier, and gangway accidents
These and other serious maritime accidents can lead to a wide range of severe or even fatal injuries, such as:
- Broken bones/fractures
- Second- and third-degree burns
- Chemical burns
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Spinal cord injuries, including paralysis
- Repetitive strain injuries
- Head, neck, and back injuries
- Accidental amputation/loss of limb
- Hearing damage/loss
- Eye and face injuries
- Oxygen deprivation/asphyxiation
- “Crush” injuries
- Soft tissue and organ damage
- Mental health disorders
- Cancer, asbestosis, and other illnesses
Unfortunately, most maritime workers are not eligible for workers’ compensation. Instead, they can seek compensation for work-related injuries and medical conditions through various maritime laws, including the Jones Act.
What Is the Jones Act?
The Jones Act is a federal statute that provides injured seamen the right to pursue compensation for work-related injuries and illnesses. Unlike workers’ compensation, the Jones Act requires claimants to prove that their employers (or other parties) were responsible for the incident that led to injury, illness, or death (in cases involving the wrongful death of a maritime worker).
The Jones Act requires maritime employers to:
- Provide all workers with a reasonably safe work environment to prevent maritime workers from being subjected to the risk of foreseeable injury
- Exercise due care, based on the circumstances, to maintain the work environment and ensure it remains reasonably safe for workers
In other words, your employer has a responsibility to ensure that your workplace is reasonably safe and well-maintained. If your employer failed to do this, and you were injured as a result of an unsafe workplace or working hazard, you could have a claim under the Jones Act. This could allow you to recover monetary compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, and other injury-related losses.
We encourage you to reach out to our New York maritime accident attorneys for help with your claim. This is a complex area of law, but our team has extensive experience representing all types of seamen and other maritime workers. We can help you understand your legal rights and begin building a case designed to protect your rights.
Why Hire a Maritime Law Attorney?
Maritime law is a complex and highly specialized area of law. It is important that you work with an attorney who has proven experience in this area, someone who not only has a thorough understanding of the law but also knows how to build an effective, evidence-based claim on your behalf.
The team at Salenger, Sack, Kimmel & Bavaro, LLP has been representing injured maritime workers since 1985. In that time, we have earned a reputation as an aggressive, knowledgeable, and authoritative legal team. Most importantly, we genuinely care about our clients and are committed to doing everything possible to help you secure the maximum compensation you are owed. We know just how hard it can be to get back on your feet after a serious work-related injury or illness; let our New York maritime law attorneys advocate for your full, fair recovery.
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