Admiralty and maritime law, for the most part, deals with the law as it applies to navigable waters. In general, "navigable waters" means oceans, large lakes and rivers where commercial shipping can occur. From here, "navigable waters" is further divided into the subcategories of territorial waters and high seas. Territorial waters are closer to land, while the high seas are further away.
Weintraub Law has substantial experience representing clients in admiralty and maritime cases. We represent individuals throughout the gulf region who were injured at sea on offshore platforms and drilling rigs, on navigable waters or while working in harbor.
We understand maritime and admiralty law and represent a wide range of clients, including recreational boat owners and large maritime companies. Whether you were hurt on a cruise ship due to the condition of the ship, or you are the owner of a boat who was hurt because another boat captain was boating under the influence, the attorneys at Weintraub Law can help you. Our lawyers have experience handling these types of cases, along with defending vessel owners who face lawsuits tied to seaman injuries under the Jones Act.
While the lasting physical and emotional effects of any accident can be truly devastating – regardless of whether the accident happened on dry land or sea – the laws related to those that happen in navigable waters are quite different. Our lawyers understand the unique nuances of these laws and know how to protect your rights and get you the compensation you need and deserve.
Frequently Asked Questions About Maritime Law
Q: Are accidents and injuries that occur on navigable waters treated differently from those occurring on land?
A: Yes. While injuries and the aftermath between accidents that happen on land or at sea may be very similar, the laws pertaining to these types of personal injury cases are very different.
Q: Are all people injured on navigable waters treated the same under maritime law?
A: If you were injured at sea, your remedies under maritime law may differ depending on how the law classifies your presence on the water. Your status aboard a vessel would determine applicable maritime law, depending on whether you were a crew member, shore-side employee, passenger, or with pleasure boats, an owner or guest. The different classifications could lead to different remedies and results.
Q: Are there different deadlines for maritime claims than for nonmaritime claims?
A: Yes. There are specific laws and limitations that pertain to these types of cases. This specificity is exactly why you want to work with attorneys who understand these complex laws and actively take cases related to admiralty and maritime injuries and casualties.
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If you or a loved one was injured at sea, Weintraub Law is here to help you navigate the complex area of maritime law. To discuss your case with one of our attorneys, call 504-656-6280.