If you sustained an injury while working on a barge, ship or another water-based vessel, you may have rights that extend beyond traditional workers' compensation benefits. New York workers' comp law grants injured workers the right to repayment for necessary medical treatment, lost wages and permanent partial disability. However, maritime law extends an injured party's rights to include benefits for maintenance, cure and unearned wages, and to allow injured seamen to file claims for unseaworthiness and negligence. FindLaw details what that means for you.
Boating accidents occur for a myriad of reasons, from inexperience to intoxication and inclement weather. Regardless of why an accident takes place, the consequences can be devastating. Sometimes, those involved in an accident sustain serious injuries which can disrupt their lives in countless ways. In other instances, someone may even pass away in a boat accident. If your loved one recently lost their life in a boating accident, you may be going through an array of hardships, from emotional pain that you will never move forward from to to financial difficulties such as funeral costs and adjusting to life without your loved one's income.
There is no “on season” for those who work on cargo or fishing ships. You can be seriously injured any time of year doing your job. One of the risks you and other New York maritime workers can face is electric shock while working in or near water.
As boating is typically viewed as a recreational activity by many in Manhattan, a common assumption may be that participants need not adhere to the same safety standards required to operate other vehicles. Many likely would not consider getting behind the wheel of a car after drinking, yet those same people may not see an issue with consuming alcohol while driving a boat. In reality, however, those operating watercraft often need to have the same level of acuity needed when behind the wheel of a landbound vehicle. When they do not, the consequences can be catastrophic.
People in New York may well see billboards that reference the Jones Act, blaming it for excessive congestion on area roads. This is just one of the more recent efforts initiated by The Cato Institute to push for reform of the nation's laws governing domestic waterways.
If you are relatively new to boating and are trying to build your information reservation for how to handle various maritime encounters, one of the first things you should be learning about is how to approach large wakes. Having an understanding of how to control your boat when you end up in a situation where you are dealing with rough New York waters is critical to your ability to keep yourself and your crew safe.