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Injured on a ferry boat? You may be owed compensation

On Behalf of | Dec 17, 2015 | Jones Act

Because of how common they are, most people know how to handle an injury-causing accident on land. They typically know who should be held liable and what laws afford them compensation for the damages they have suffered. Unfortunately, the same isn’t always true with accidents that happen on the water.

Take for example an accident involving a ferry boat. If you were a passenger who suffered injuries, who would you hold liable? Would you try to seek compensation from the boat driver who may have been responsible for causing the accident or would you name the company operating the boat in a personal injury lawsuit? Now let’s say you were a worker on the boat who suffered an injury. Would you know what laws afford you protections and grant you access to compensation?

Because of the complexity of maritime and admiralty law, most people are left with the questions above but no clear answers. This can be frustrating to say the least because a person injured by someone else’s negligence deserves compensation. That’s why we’d like to take time today to remind our readers about the benefits of talking to a practiced maritime lawyer after an accident.

Attorneys who specialize in maritime law are the best people to talk to after a ferry boat or other water vehicle accident. If they’re anything like the attorneys here at Tabak Mellusi & Shisha LLP, your maritime attorney will have focused experience on handling boat accident cases. They will have a complete understanding of the law and how it applies to you. On top of that, they will know the best way to get you fair compensation for your injuries – whether you’re a passenger or a deckhand worker.

Though an attorney can be an added expense, most people are glad they hired one, mostly because they quickly realize, after taking their first steps into the legal process, that they would not have been able to file a successful claim on their own.