Maritime Law

Maritime law, also referred to as admiralty law, consists of the statutes and case precedents that govern legal disputes originating on navigable waters. Navigable waters include all bodies of water that are capable of being used for interstate or foreign commerce. Thus, a large river that flows into the ocean or crosses state lines would fall within maritime jurisdiction. A lake entirely within a single state would not.

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  • Where to File a Claim if Injured on a Cruise Ship

    Filing a claim after sustaining an injury on a cruise ship is a more complex matter than the plaintiff may believe because of the company attached to the cruise ship and where the ship docks versus where the business resides. The ticket is a binding contract and normally has this information or leads the individual to the correct online location.

  • How Maritime Laws Differ from State Laws for Cruise Ship Injuries

    Maritime laws often change various aspects of a claim against a company or person based on the injuries and where the person sustained bodily harm. It is important to know if maritime law does take jurisdiction in the case and how this differs from the state laws in the standard case against the at-fault party in the injury.

  • Coast Guard Academy Retaliates Against Whistleblower

    An African-American female lieutenant commander in the Coast Guard Academy recently reported that she was faced with harassment and a hostile work environment partially based upon her race and gender.

  • Medical Malpractice on a Cruise Ship - What Do You Have to Prove?

    Medical malpractice on a cruise ship usually occurs because the doctor either breached a duty of care to the passenger as a patient under his or her care or was negligent in treatment options and caused further injury. Knowing about the problem and how the evidence works are crucial to proving the various elements of these cases.

  • Cruise Ship Tender Boat Injury - Pursuing a Claim

    When attempting to pursue a claim when injured on a tender boat, the passenger may need to prove certain issues in the courtroom such as negligence or intentional harm from the captain of the tender boat. When these claims arise, the passenger will usually have medical assistance as evidence that the injuries exist after the cruise.

  • Cruise Ship Gangway Fall Claims

    On a cruise ship, the gangway locations are common areas where both passengers and crew members can receive injuries through a fall, accident or defect parts on the gangway which lead to extensive physical harm. When injured in this manner, it is important to know how to pursue the claim and what compensation is reasonable.

  • Cruise Ship Passenger Rape - Can the Cruise Line Be Held Responsible?

    It is often possible to hold the cruise ship liner responsible for passenger sexual assault incidents when it is the crew members commit these crimes and harm the guest aboard the ship. Reasonable care under the circumstances when on the ship can hold the cruise liner at a higher standard and responsible for the passenger on passenger sexual assault as well.

  • Cruise Ship Accident Claim - Why You Need a Lawyer

    Cruise ship accidents often require a lawyer because they are complex and have many different issues that could lead to the loss of possible compensation when the individual harmed in the accident is unaware of how to proceed or what is necessary for the claim. Many incidents on a cruise ship require maritime law involvement.

  • Crimes Committed Aboard a Cruise Ship

    There are several common crimes that may occur within a cruise ship for passengers, but these primary involve three categories of intentional harm or criminal behavior. These include the slip and fall incident that is often either accidental or intentional, assault or victimization from another person or employee and the problem of medical malpractice.

  • Ship Owner’s Duty of Care and Maritime Law

    When on a cruise or other ship, the passenger should receive all manner of care as per the duty of care owed by the owner of the ship, and when this duty of care is in breach, the maritime laws generally require certain rules for a possible claim against the owner. Within these situations, the victim will need a lawyer to initiate a claim and follow these maritime laws.

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