Maritime – Offshore Injuries

There are a patchwork of laws that apply to offshore and/or maritime injuries. First, one must determine the “status” of the injured victim. Longshoreman? Seaman? Rig worker? Passenger? Other maritime worker? Next, one must determine the location of the injuries. Within three miles of the territorial sea? State waters? Waters wholly within a state? More than twelve miles out? Thirdly, the object must be identified. Movable rig? Fixed rig? Vessel in navigation? Vessel under construction? Construction platform? The theories of recovery can consist of the Jones Act, general maritime law, unseaworthiness, products liability, maintenance and cure, Death on the High Seas Act, and the Longshoreman and Harbor Workers Act. If you, family, or friends have been hurt on or off  “the waterfront” contact us immediately.