Maryland Maritime Laws

Serving the Maryland, Virginia & Washington, D.C., Areas

There are a number of federally mandated laws established to protect people who are injured while working on the waterways. Our Maryland maritime injury lawyers have strong industry knowledge and are familiar with the laws that are designed to protect maritime workers.

The Jones Act

Created in 1920 as the Merchant Marine Act, the Jones Act protects workers who are injured on ships or vessels due to the negligence of a ship owner, captain or fellow employee, and allows those workers to recover medical care and cost of living expenses.

The Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act (LHWCA)

Through the Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act (LHWCA), land-based maritime workers—such as vessel repairmen or cargo loaders—who are injured or suffer occupational diseases, may receive compensation for medical care and cost of living expenses.

The Federal Employers Liability Act (FELA)

Similar to maritime workers, railroad workers injured on the job are not covered under regular workers’ compensation laws, as the nature of their professions are dangerous enough to warrant special coverage. The Federal Employers Liability Act (FELA) allows maritime workers to pursue legal action if they are injured on the job.

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