Overview of Admiralty Law
There are three major admiralty laws that affect maritime workers in the United States: The Jones Act, Death on the High Seas Act, Longshoreman and Harbor Workers Compensation Act. These pieces of legislation are designed to cover virtually every possible type of maritime work and establish provisions for how to recover damages, collect benefits, and assign liability for negligence.
Not every admiralty law applies equally to all people injured in maritime accidents. The Jones Act, for example, only applies to seamen injured while in the service of their vessel, the LHWCA covers longshoreman and land based harbor workers, and the DOHSA frequently provides help for the family members of victims of maritime accidents in international waters.
A dedicated and experienced staff of legal professionals can help guide through complicated and confusing admiralty law. If you or someone you love was the victim of a maritime accident you may have the right to seek damages against those responsible. Contact a knowledgeable admiralty law attorney today.