Injuries at sea differ from other types of workplace injury claims. Special laws govern these types of cases and require the assistance of an experienced attorney. If you recently suffered an injury as the result of a boat accident, contact the Savannah attorneys of Butler Wooten & Peak LLP today to schedule a free review of your legal options.
We’re well-equipped to handle your maritime accident case for many reasons, a few of which include:
Accidents at sea can occur in many different forms. Though these can vary widely in scope, some of the more common types of accidents we see in the area include:
A maritime accident can also have many causes. On oil rigs or tankers, accidents may arise from failing to provide a safe working environment. Cruise ship accidents can occur from negligent upkeep or failure to adhere to health and safety procedures. No matter how the accident occurs, many times the injuries that result directly relate to the negligence of another party.
Accidents at sea involve many different kinds of liability. Specifically, these accidents can be unique because they do not follow the same procedures as workers’ compensation claims. Special legislation such as a Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act will inform liability and compensation in a maritime accident. Unlike no-fault matters of workplace injury, these accidents require a plaintiff to establish negligence in exchange for full compensation for damages.
A plaintiff’s actions following a maritime accident could affect his or her right to compensation. The most important actions to take include:
Maritime accidents involve specialized aspects of the law and litigation. In some cases, plaintiffs will rely on domestic laws such as the Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act to offer compensation in the event of a workplace accident. In others, they will look to maritime and international laws to settle insurance matters and accident claims. It’s essential to work with a law firm that has specific experience with this type of litigation.
The Savannah attorneys at Butler Wooten & Peak LLP have extensive experience in maritime law and litigation. If you or a loved one suffered an injury at sea, you may be eligible for full compensation for your damages. Contact us today to schedule a free review of your legal options.