There have been a significant number of maritime accidents in Guyana throughout the years. Traffic on the nation’s waterways has drastically increased, especially given the fact that many locals use boats, canoes, and other water crafts as their primary means of transportation. Locals often find themselves competing for the use of Guyana’s rivers with larger vessels, such as barges and commercial ships, which can create extremely hazardous conditions while in open waters. Several legislators have called for tighter regulations in Guyana’s maritime sector, including improvements in vessel, port, and wharf inspection, enhanced safety protocols for seafarers and fishermen, and the mandatory installation of warning and communication systems. Yet, the accident toll continues to rise.
Though victims of boating and commercial vessel accidents often suffer debilitating injuries due to the negligence of ship operators and port authorities, many shy away from fighting for justice out of fear of going up against big-named companies. However, it’s crucial for victims to remember they have a right to seek legal counsel.
If you or someone you love has been the victim of an accident in open waters in Guyana, you need a maritime attorney who understands the complexities of International Maritime and Admiralty Law and who will fight for your due compensation. The lawyers at Lipcon, Margulies, Alsina & Winkleman, P.A. have been representing individuals injured at sea and in port for over 40 years and are committed to protecting your rights.
Representation for Passenger, Crew, and Pleasure Craft Accidents in Guyana
A maritime accident can occur for numerous reasons. Oftentimes, unforeseen circumstances, such as sudden changes in weather or currents, can lead to an injury in open waters. However, the vast majority of collisions, groundings, and other life-threatening incidents are the result of someone’s negligent actions, including vessel owners, operators, crew members, and even fellow passengers. When a tragedy occurs, it’s important for victims to understand that they have rights, especially if the incident was related to the reckless actions of another individual sharing the waterways or the failure of a vessel operator to maintain a safe shipboard environment.
The waterways in Guyana are wrought with hazards that can cause unsuspecting boaters and seafarers to sustain serious injuries, and the laws in place are very ambiguous, making it near-impossible for accident victims to understand what their rights entail. A lawyer who has experience litigating complex International maritime cases can protect your best interests and will help you obtain compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, as well as general damages, including pain and suffering and loss of consortium.
An attorney who specializes in maritime and admiralty law can assist victims with accidents involving:
- Recreational water crafts
- Commercial vessels
- Offshore injuries
- Fishing boats
- Tug boats
- Cruise ships
- Oil rigs
- Faulty vessel equipment
- Operator negligence or inexperience
Our Attorneys are Committed to Protecting Your Rights
After a boat or commercial vessel accident, it’s important for victims to act quickly, as there is only a limited amount of time in which legal action can be taken. Whether the incident involved a barge, ferry, cruise ship, or personal water craft, you have the right to seek legal counsel following an injury at sea or in port, and we’re here to help. Contact us today to schedule a free consultation so our attorneys can help you obtain justice for your injuries.