Maritime law, or admiralty law, provides many different kinds of protection for people from all walks of life. Maritime laws protect seamen who work aboard vessels and get hurt and it protects cruise passengers who suffer of sexual assault and other crimes.
Maritime law, unfortunately, is violated all the time. For example, cruise lines violate maritime law when they fail to take reasonable precautions to protect passengers and put them at risk of serious injury or sexual assault. Companies that employ seamen may fail to make their vessels safe or provide a reasonably safe work environment, thus violating maritime law.
Because the laws applicable are so often broken and when broken often, result in the suffering of adverse consequences, you need to know exactly what your rights are. A maritime accident lawyer can help you accomplish that and get you compensation for your suffering under the many admiralty laws and regulations.
Common Maritime Law Violations
Lipcon, Margulies, Alsina & Winkleman, P.A. provides representation to cruise passengers harmed at sea, seamen harmed while working, and any others who are while on a vessel in navigable waterways suffer harm due to a violation of the law or negligence.
Although maritime law violations are extremely varied, certain violations are more common than others are, nonetheless our legal team can provide assistance with all of them.
Some of the most common violations of maritime or admiralty law include:
- An employer’s failure to provide a seaman with a safe place to work. Employers must provide a safe work environment for seamen aboard vessels. Seamen are routinely injured because of negligent, improperly trained co-workers or issues such as equipment problems. If an employer does not provide a safe worksite and an employee gets hurt, the injured worker’s benefits under the Jones Act could extend beyond maintenance and cure.
- An employer’s failure to provide a seaworthy vessel. Employers are required to provide a vessel that can withstand the rigors of being at sea while protecting its occupants. If a vessel is not seaworthy, injury and even death can result.
- Reckless operation of a vessel. Maritime law does not apply only to cruise lines or commercial ships, but also to boats and personal watercrafts that operate on navigable waterways. Operators of these vessels may operate them in negligent ways, putting passengers and other boaters in jeopardy.
Lipcon, Margulies, Alsina & Winkleman, P.A. can provide assistance in responding to both common violations of maritime law and the more complex situations that can arise within this particular field of law. To find out more about how an experienced and knowledgeable maritime accident lawyer can help, give us a call today.