The Port of Virginia includes the Norfolk International Terminals (NIT) located in Norfolk VA. With 567 acres spanning the Lafayette and Elizabeth Rivers, Norfolk International Terminals is the largest terminal under the control of the Virginia Port Authority. NIT can handle anywhere from 12,000 to 14,000 twenty-foot equivalent vessels and has approximately 6,630 L.F. of berthing dredged to 50’.
Cargo transporters coming in and out of Norfolk International Terminals depend upon seamen, longshoreman and maritime workers to perform the dangerous and necessary work of manning, navigating and operating vessels, loading and unloading cargo and moving vessels in and out of port. The work seamen do can be high-risk and an accident can result in serious injuries and the end of a career.
Maritime and admiralty laws provide protections to maritime workers, but it can be difficult to determine how best to take legal action after an accident or injury. Different laws including the Jones Act, the Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act, state workers compensation and the Death on the High Seas Act may all apply when something goes wrong. If it is a passenger who is injured, other legal protections exist.
An attorney who is well-versed in maritime law can provide assistance to victims and the family members of those killed in an accident offshore. Since 1971, Lipcon, Margulies, Alsina & Winkleman, P.A. has been representing clients injured in maritime accidents.
A Maritime Attorney Helps Those Injured At Sea
When injury occurs aboard a vessel in or near the Port of Virginia, it is necessary to determine what laws apply. Maritime laws govern the high seas and apply to protect workers injured while employed on a vessel. While many federal protections originally applied only to tidal waters, the breadth of federal power has expanded and admiralty laws now apply to rivers, canals, harbors, and any navigable bodies of water within the United States that are reachable by boat.
The Jones Act, or the Merchant Marine Act of 1920, is one of the most important federal protections extended to seamen working on all navigable water bodies. The Act applies to seamen injured while performing work offshore for an employer; it gives seamen the right to file a civil lawsuit for negligence.
While the Jones Act often provides the broadest compensation for workers employed on vessels in or near Norfolk International Terminals, it is not necessarily the best or only law that may protect you. Anyone who is injured needs to understand available legal options and should take certain steps to preserve the right to make a claim after getting hurt.
Attorney Charles R. Lipcon has dedicated his career to providing assistance to seamen and others injured in offshore accidents. Mr. Lipcon has published an emergency guide to Seamen’s Rights in the United States to help those who are injured to know what to do in the aftermath. Because every case is different, contacting an attorney as soon as possible is also advised to get a personalized case assessment.
Lipcon, Margulies, Alsina & Winkleman, P.A.: Serving Norfolk, Virginia
Lipcon, Margulies, Alsina & Winkleman, P.A. provides representation to seamen, offshore workers and passengers injured on a cargo vessel, passenger boat or other vessel in or near Norfolk International Terminals. Call today for assistance if you or someone you love was hurt close to the Port of Virginia. We can be reached at 877-233-1238 or contact us online for a free consultation.