General Maritime Law

The ocean can be a treacherous place and if you are employed in the maritime industry, you know these risks firsthand. Maritime workers frequently handle heavy machinery and work in conditions that many people would consider extremely dangerous. There are laws that protect injured seamen, including the Jones Act and General Maritime Law.

Understanding General Maritime Law

General Maritime Law includes common law remedies available for maritime related accidents and provides additional rights and compensation for seamen beyond what is offered by the Jones Act. This common law gives legal rights to family members of deceased maritime workers. In addition, General Maritime Law protects injured maritime workers who are not considered seamen as defined by the Jones Act.

Under General Maritime Law, an injured seaman or longshoreman can file a lawsuit for negligence that resulted in the maritime injury against any responsible third party, who is not an employer. Passengers on ships and other vessels can also file general maritime claims for negligence that resulted in damages.

The Jones Act and General Maritime Law are similar in that both laws have deadlines as to when you can file a claim for your injury, which is known as statute of limitations. General maritime claims must be filed within three years from the date of your injury. In some situations, the statute of limitations can be even shorter and if you miss these deadlines, you could forfeit your right to recover monetary damages.

If you have been injured offshore, you may be confused as to what law applies to you. An experienced offshore injury attorney will be able to advise you on the applicable law that protects you, as well as your options to recover compensation for your maritime injuries. Compensation for maritime injuries varies depending on the details of the case. If you have sustained an offshore injury, you should not delay in seeking legal advice. You do not want to miss the deadline to file your injury claim. Contact a knowledgeable maritime injury attorney as soon as possible

Your Legal Rights

The Willis Law Firm has been representing injured maritime workers for over 25 years. Our law firm represents general maritime cases in the Gulf of Mexico, East Coast, West Coast, Inland Rivers – including Mississippi, Missouri, Kentucky and Ohio rivers, Great Lakes, Navigable Rivers and Canals, Fishing Waters of Alaska and the Intracoastal Waterway (IWC). We are committed to helping injured seamen and their families.