"Progress flows only from struggle."
Supreme Court Justice Louis D. Brandeis
The Complexity of Maritime Law
Maritime law, also referred to as admiralty law, governs navigation and shipping. Maritime laws in existence today are an elaborate web of domestic and international statutes. In the past, maritime law in the U.S. only applied to American tidal waters but now it extends to all waters navigable within the United States for interstate or foreign commerce. Maritime law differs from common law and these complex cases demand the expertise of a maritime law attorney.
Maritime Law covers accidents that relate to:
- Shipping and Commerce
- Waters, including canals
- Navigation and Towage
- Wharves, docks and piers
- Insurance and Maritime liens
- Recreation on the water
A Maritime Injury Demands a Maritime Law Attorney
Maritime lawyers most often deal with maritime cases involving injuries. Unlike workers compensation laws, maritime law is specific to workers on navigable waters and the high seas. Employers are required to maintain reasonably safe working conditions and are liable for unsafe conditions and the negligence of any officers, agents or employees.
The Cause of Action Under Maritime LawMaritime attorneys find that the cause of action is usually based in negligence, but seamen may also recover maintenance and cure (payments for room and board and medical costs resulting from illness) for lack of seaworthiness. The statute of limitations for suing someone in Texas for a maritime accident due to negligence is two years.
If you of or your loved one have been injured while working at sea you must contact an experienced maritime law attorney now!
Money Damages Awarded Under Maritime LawFinancial recovery can include:
- Personal property damage
- Present and future medical bills
- Mental pain and suffering damages
- Lost past and future wages
- Permanent impairment/disfigurement
- Punitive damages
- Wrongful death damages
- Loss of enjoyment of life
Chad Pinkerton: The Expert Maritime law AttorneyChad Pinkerton is a powerful force both in and out of the courtroom. His background in maritime law and experience in the courtroom allow him to navigate the complicated arena of maritime law with confidence and success. He has recovered millions of dollars in damages for his clients.