Five factors that may contribute to a boating accidents
Everyone must be responsible and adhere to safety rules while enjoying water activities. Unfortunately, this is not always the case and you cannot control the actions of other boaters that share the waterways with you. If you are hurt in a boat wreck, contact our experienced boating accident lawyers today 619-338-8230. The legal team at our injury law firm has helped our clients recover millions of dollars. Money that our clients receive is used to pay their medical bills, cover their lost wages, help them obtain the necessary rehabilitation services, and secure a stable future.
Commonly referred to as the Long shore Act or LHWCA, the Long shore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act is a statutory workers’ compensation scheme enacted in 1927 to provide protection to maritime workers who are not protected by the Jones Act. Currently, the LHWCA provides benefits to more than 500,000 workers for work-related injuries and occupational diseases. This act also provides benefits to the widow, widower, or eligible survivors if an injury or illness leads to a death.
In 1920, the Death on the High Seas Act (DOHSA) was enacted by Congress to protect the families of seaman injured while working offshore. Under this law, spouses, children, and other dependents are given the ability to pursue legal action if the loss of their loved one could be linked to the negligence of another. For example, family could pursue a claim if the accident was caused by the unworthiness of a vessel or careless actions of an employer or crew-member.
Maritime law is often categorized into two types. The first is the compilation of federal statutes passed over the years (such as the Jones Act); the second is vaguer and consists of “common law,” which has developed naturally by major court decisions. One major component of general maritime law is the doctrine of “maintenance and cure,” which is what provides living expenses, lost wages, and medical care to seamen if they become injured while working offshore.
Maritime law is a highly-complex area of the law and not every statute will apply to every case. For this reason, it is crucial that no time is wasted in contacting a maritime injury lawyer who will be able to help you. If you have been hurt, we encourage you to contact us today.
We combine an in-depth understanding of maritime law with creative strategies to provide the highest quality legal representation to our maritime clients. If you or a loved one has been injured or killed in a boating or maritime accident and you would like to speak with a maritime accident lawyer contact the San Diego Injury Law Center today.