Maritime law (also referred to as admiralty law) refers to the laws governing cases involving injuries or accidents that occur on the waterways of the United States. These laws apply to the rivers and lakes throughout the country, the Gulf of Mexico and the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans.
In a maritime or admiralty case, state courts must defer to maritime law, even if those laws conflict with the laws of the state.
Primarily due to the Jones Act, maritime law differs greatly compared to many state laws regarding personal injury claims. For this reason, it is extremely important that a worker who was injured on the waterways hire an attorney who is experienced and familiar with maritime law. If you or a loved one has been injured in a maritime case, contact our maritime attorneys using the form provided by clicking here.