Maritime Injury Attorneys
The Eichholz Law Firm has vast experience litigating cases in the area of maritime law, and we will always fight for the maximum amount of compensation due to injury victims.
Maritime law, also known as Admiralty Law, is defined as a series of laws, conventions, and treaties which governs international private businesses along with matters concerning ships, shipping or other crimes and offenses which occur on the open water. These are laws between nations which govern issues such as national versus international waters and are considered to be public international laws that are known as “Laws of the Seas.”
Causes of Boating Injuries
While out at sea or simply on a dock or loading wharf, there are many dangers as the conditions of the sea can never be precisely determined.
It’s important to note that these conditions may lead to many different causes of boating injuries and in some cases, possible death if the person is not attended to by medical professionals immediately.
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
- Struck by moving object
- Surfacing from the water too fast
- Trapped by moving object
Of course, as with these causes, there are also several types of maritime injuries which may occur. These injuries can vary in severity depending on the situation of the accident and number of other factors involved.
Types of Maritime Injuries
In most cases, the cause of an injury is directly correlated with the type of injury. These injuries may also vary in severity depending on the number of factors which caused the injury including; objects, people, speed, and force of an impact.
From the perspective of a maritime worker or vessel operator, due to the large equipment that is often involved while on the waterfront - handling barges, containers, hazardous cargoes and other commodities while on the waterfront, the personal and property damages can be substantial and can often lead to injuries that are life-changing 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
- Loss of Limb
- Neck injuries
- Puncture Wounds
- Traumatic Brain Injury
- Wrist Injuries
If you are suffering from a maritime injury, it is recommended to seek medical attention immediately to prevent further damage from occurring. In addition, these medical documents can be used by our attorneys against a negligent individual or entity whom may have caused the injury.
Seafarers’ Legal Rights
In the United States, our constitution grants original jurisdiction to the United States federal court over maritime and admiralty matters. Of course, this jurisdiction is not always exclusive, and many cases may be heard in either state or federal courts under the “saving to suitors” clause.
Keeping this in mind, there are five different types of cases that can be brought to federal court.
These cases include:
- Limitation of Ship-owners Liability
- Vessel Arrests in Rem
- Property arrests Quasi in Rem
- Salvage Cases
- Petitory and Possession Actions
All of these cases have a common element which requires the court to exercise jurisdiction over the maritime property. Maritime law is also governed by a three-year statute of limitations for wrongful death and personal injury cases, cargo cases must be presented before two years, and cruise ship passengers typically have a one-year statute of limitations available.