When a person is injured on water – whether at work or at play – a unique body of laws applies to the victim’s efforts to recover for damages caused by another’s negligence. While federal law primarily covers such accidents, state laws might also be involved. Statutes such as the Jones Act, Death on the High Seas Act, Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act, Longshoreman and Harbor Workers Compensation Act, and many others, supplement the General Maritime Law of the United States to provide for recovery for Maritime Personal Injury.
In many of these cases, the right to a full recovery (or any recovery) depends upon where the injured person fits within this highly complex and interconnected body of laws. Maritime is truly an area of the law in which one false step can lead to catastrophe.
If you have been injured while working offshore, on the river, or pleasure boating, these laws may apply to you. Because maritime law is extremely complex, you should consult a lawyer with extensive experience in this specific area. At deGravelles & Palmintier, we have been involved in this area of litigation for over 35 years. Partner, Neale deGravelles, has not only practiced extensively in this area, but has also written and spoken extensively on the maritime law. Whether the accident involves a movable drilling rig, ocean- going vessel, cruise ship, casino boat, work boat, or small pleasure boat, we have represented the working man as well as the weekend mariner who needs representation.