Maritime and Longshore Injury Law FAQ

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What is the Jones Act?

Also known as the Merchant Marine Act of 1920, the Jones Act is a federal statute that regulates maritime commerce in United States waters and ports. Seamen covered by the Jones Act who are working in the service of vessels may be able to recover compensation related to their medical care and cost of living expenses.

Determining if you are a seaman covered under the Jones Act can be difficult without the help of an experienced maritime attorney. ChasenBoscolo’s legal team is familiar with the stipulations and laws in the Jones Act, and we can help protect your rights.

What is maritime law?

Maritime law, which is often referred to as admiralty law, is a federal body of laws that govern domestic and international activities (such as shipping) and vessels that operate on- and offshore. These “laws of the sea” may be used to enforce fair treatment and just payment of benefits to seamen and civilians who are injured while engaging in maritime-related activities.

What should I do if I’m injured in a maritime accident?

If you’re injured in a maritime accident, there are a few important steps you can take that may protect your rights, including:

  • Get medical attention immediately.
    Even if you don’t think your injuries are that severe, see a doctor. Sometimes it can take time for serious injuries to develop. Don’t take a risk. Seek medical attention as soon as possible. Doctor’s records can help us build a strong case on your behalf.
  • Report your accident to your supervisor.
    Tell your supervisor about your accident and complete an accident report. Be specific about the details of your accident, but DO NOT sign any agreements that may implicate who was at fault for your accident. Your maritime attorney should review any paperwork before you sign it.
  • Document the accident scene.
    If possible, go to the scene of the accident and take pictures. If you can’t physically return to the accident scene, ask someone you trust to take pictures for you. It’s also helpful to write a detailed description of exactly what happened before and during your accident.
  • Contact ChasenBoscolo.
    Taking on a big shipping company without legal help can make for an uneven fight. Our Maryland maritime accident lawyers have experience handling a variety of admiralty claims, and we won’t back down when we’re representing your case. Don’t delay—call (800) 322-3380 or complete a free contact request form now.

What is the statute of limitations for a maritime case?

The statute of limitations is the amount of time you have to file a legal claim after an accident. If you wait to file a legal claim until the statute of limitations has expired, you may lose your rights to compensation.

In general, the statute of limitations for maritime cases is three years from the date of injury. This statute can vary depending on the nature of your case. That’s why it’s important to seek legal help as soon as you can after a maritime injury.

Can your attorneys help longshore and harbor workers after an injury?

Yes, the attorneys at ChasenBoscolo have experience working with longshore and harbor workers, shipbuilders and repairers who have suffered injuries in the United States or abroad.

If you work at a harbor or dock and suffered an injury or illness that left you unable to work, contact our 24/7 legal team for a free consultation or visit our longshore accidents page for more information.

Why do I need a maritime attorney?

Without the help of a maritime attorney, you may not get the full amount of compensation that you’re owed. Insurance companies may think that they can take advantage of you and offer you less money than you deserve for your injuries and lost wages. With ChasenBoscolo on your side, you can count on us to stand up for your rights.

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