Accidents involving maritime drowning sadly remain a common occurrence in the United States. All too often shipowners, waterfront employers, and recreational mariners endanger the lives of those around them. Every year, bereaved family members require the assistance of an experienced maritime drowning attorney.
If your loved one has died in a maritime drowning incident, federal law may entitle you to financial compensation. However, this is a complex area of the law. Maritime wrongful death cases involve overlapping statutes and common law, including state law, general maritime law, the Jones Act, the Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act, and the Death on the High Seas Act. What law applies will depend on where the tragedy occurred and what the decedent’s role was at the time of death (e.g., passenger, crewmember, longshoremen, etc.). Each of these areas of law are subject to different injury reporting requirements and time bars. It is crucial to speak with a competent maritime attorney as soon a s possible after the incident.
Mariner Law, PLLC is well-versed in wrongful death and drowning. Maritime counsel at Mariner Law, PLLC has the compassion, skill, knowledge, and resources to safeguard your rights to compensation if you have lost a family member or loved one at sea or in a boating casualty. From the moment you meet with a lawyer at Mariner Law, PLLC, he will help you understand your rights and investigate your case. Most drowning and wrongful death events on ships might have been avoided if sufficient safety procedures had been taken.
By maritime law, an employer owes a safe working environment and a seaworthy vessel to each of its crew members. Mariner Law, PLLC will use all civil maritime means at its disposal to secure you maximum compensation in your drowning case. If you work in the maritime industry, you should be aware of your rights, as well as the rights of any dependent family members, in the terrible event that you are injured or killed on the job. If a loved one perished in a drowning disaster while working on a vessel or offshore, you maybe entitled to damages under federal maritime law.
The loss of life from drowning instantly impacts families in countless ways. Mariner Law, PLLC can help surviving family members investigate what happened and then fight for justice. Call (253) 600-2531 now for a free consultation with a Jones Act lawyer. The firm proudly serves mariner clients in Washington, Oregon, New York, Connecticut, Alaska, and nationwide.