When people think of New York City, they probably don’t think about the huge about of maritime activity that originates out of the city. But, the fact is that there is plenty going on out on the water near New York City. For the workers out there, plenty of danger hides right on the horizon. Understanding those dangers and, if the time comes, the legal options when an accident occurs, can be crucial for those who make a living on the water.
When disaster strikes
Tug, barge and ferry accidents happen far too often. As do injuries on cruise ships and fishing boats. Of course, these are just a few examples of the potential dangers for a worker out on the water. When disaster strikes and you suffer an injury, you’ll need to know how and when to pursue legal options.
If you suffer an injury out on the water when you’re on-the-job, you could be without a means of supporting yourself and your family for days, weeks or even months at a time. To pursue the right options, you’ll need to know which law, exactly, applies to your situation. From the Jones Act to the Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act and even the Death on the High Seas Act, workers and their family members may have different options to consider.
At our law firm, we represent workers in all kinds of maritime law cases. Protecting the rights of workers and those who suffer injuries on the water is important to us. To find out more about how we attempt to help our clients with these matters, please visit the maritime law overview section of our law firm’s website.