At the Eichholz Law Firm, we have a vast amount of experience litigating cases in the area of maritime law. For those in need of legal counsel in the Augusta area, we will always strive to award our clients with the maximum amount of compensation.
Maritime law, also known as Admiralty Law, is a series of treaties, regulations, and conventions, which govern international private businesses along with matters concerning ships, shipping, or various crimes and offenses that may happen while on open water. These are laws between nations which handle issues such as national versus international waters and are considered to be public international laws, also known as “Laws of the Seas.”
Causes of Boating Injuries
Whether you’re out at sea or simply on a dock or loading wharf, potential risks are all around you. The conditions of the sea can never be precisely determined and thus, there is always the uncertainty of danger.
Unpredictable sea conditions can lead to numerous causes of boating injuries and in some cases, an untimely death if the person is not immediately treated by medical professionals.
Some common causes of boating injuries include (but are not limited to):
- Contact with Benzene or other toxins
- Falling overboard
- Lifting heavy items
- Pushing or pulling heavy items
- Slip and fall
- Infliction of moving objects
- Surfacing from the water too fast
- Trapped by moving objects
As a result of such causes, several types of maritime injuries may occur. These injuries can range in severity, depending on the situation of the accident and the other factors involved.
Types of Maritime Injuries
The kind of injury and cause of the injury can often be connected. Depending on the factors involved with the injury (i.e., speed, objects, people, the force of impact) these injuries can vary in severity
With maritime workers or vessel operators often having to work with large equipment while on the waterfront — handling barges, containers, hazardous cargoes, and other commodities— the personal and property damages can be detrimental and can often result in life-changing injuries that are devastating for the victim and their families.
A few types of maritime injuries include (but are not limited to):
- Back injuries
- Broken bones
- Decompression sickness
- Internal injuries
- Limb loss
- Neck injuries
- Puncture Wounds
- Traumatic brain injury
- Wrist injuries
Seafarers’ Legal Rights
In the United States, our constitution grants original jurisdiction to the United States federal court over maritime and admiralty matters. However, this jurisdiction is not always exclusive, and many cases can be handled in state or federal courts under the “saving to suitors” clause.
With that said, here are five different types of cases that can be brought to federal court:
- Limitation of Shipowners Liability
- Vessel Arrests in Rem
- Property arrests Quasi in Rem
- Salvage Cases
- Petitory and Possession Actions
These five cases share a common element which requires the court to exercise jurisdiction over the maritime property. For wrongful death and personal injury cases, maritime law is governed by a three-year statute of limitations. Cargo cases must be presented before two years while cruise ship passengers generally have a one-year statute of limitations.
Call Now for an Augusta Maritime Injury Attorney
The city of Augusta has a wide range of employers in various industries. Augusta’s three largest employers are Augusta University, the Savannah River Site, and the U.S. Army Cyber Center of Excellence at Fort Gordon. With Augusta hosting the Savannah River Site as well as several distribution centers, you can expect that the city has seen its share of cargo and boating incidents. Augusta has, in fact, seen boating incidents that resulted in severe injuries as well as fatal boating incidents. When maritime incidents occur, Augusta residents can turn to the American Bar Association site to find a maritime injury lawyer.
To get a reliable lawyer immediately, Augusta residents can contact the Eichholz Law Firm. Note, that if you are suffering from a maritime injury and have sought medical attention, you can provide your medical documents to one of our attorneys who will use them against the negligent individual or entity who caused the injury. Call the Eichholz Law to get an experienced lawyer on your case today.