Admiralty And Maritime Accidents
Generally, admiralty and maritime law refers to the body of civil, public, and private laws that governs sea-going vessels and their owners, seamen, passengers, and cargo. In the United States, admiralty and maritime law includes the following:
Because Congress recognized the international shipping and seafood industries as particularly dangerous forms of employment that remain vital to a strong national economy, it passed the Jones Act in 1920 and the LHWCA in 1927 to improve on existing state-based workers’ compensation schemes. Theses Acts entitle people injured while employed on sea-going vessels or as harbor workers to more generous benefits than ordinary workers’ compensation. If injured under such circumstances, you need a practiced admiralty lawyer to ensure you receive maximum compensation.