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Maritime Law

Maritime law, also known as admiralty law, is the body of law that governs maritime activities and the relationships between private entities operating vessels on the high seas and other navigable waters.

The law governs maritime activities, including:

  • -  Marine commerce
  • -  Navigation
  • -  Sailors
  • -  Shipping
  • -  Hauling goods
  • -  Transporting passengers


Jones Act

The Jones Act, which was originally called the Merchant Marine Act of 1920, is the body of law that protects the men and women who work in the maritime industry. The Jones Act was created to help offshore workers and seamen that suffer personal injuries during the course of their employment pursue compensation from their employers.

The act was created because of the dangers these workers face. The surviving family members of maritime workers that are killed during the course of employment can also seek compensation for damages through the Jones Act. Damages might include loss of social relationships, loss of economic support, and funeral and burial costs.

Offshore Injuries

Working in the maritime industry is extremely dangerous. In fact, offshore workers have some of the most dangerous jobs in the world. There are numerous types of vessels covered under the Jones Act, from crew boats and supply boats to commercial fishing boats and jack up rigs. And, there are several types of workers that help them fulfill their missions.


But, one thing these workers have in common is the high risk for serious injuries and death. Our maritime law attorneys recognize that the injuries caused by accidents such as offshore explosions, severe weather conditions and a harsh work environment can change a worker's life forever. They represent sailors who have suffered a range of injuries, including (but not limited to):

  • -  Severe burns
  • -  Disfigurement, loss of limbs
  • -  Back and spine injuries
  • -  Neck injuries
  • -  Shoulder and knee injuries
  • -  Crushing injuries
  • -  Traumatic brain injuries
  • -  Death


The Jones Act covers almost all offshore workers. Those who are not considered seamen are likely covered under the Longshore and Harbor Workers' Compensation Act. Our lawyers represent all types of maritime workers that are seriously injured, whether considered a seaman or not.

Talk to a Maritime Lawyer

To learn more about admiralty laws and your rights, please contact our maritime lawyers today by calling (800) 773-6770 or filling out the form above.

Additional Sources of Information Regarding Severe Maritime Injuries

Burn Rehabilitation: Burn rehabilitation is an undeniably difficult and time-consuming effort. Treatment goals and strategies vary, depending on the patient's injury, stage of treatment, age, and comorbidities.

The National limb Loss Resource Center: The Center provides comprehensive information and resources free of charge to people with limb loss and their families, friends and healthcare professionals.

Spinal Cord Injury Rehabilitation: Treatment for spinal cord injuries is divided into to two stages: acute and rehabilitation. The acute phase begins at the time of injury, lasting until the person is stabilized. The rehabilitation phase begins as soon as the person has stabilized and is ready to begin working toward his or her independence.

Traumatic Brain Injury: Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is a complex injury with a broad spectrum of symptoms and disabilities. The impact on a person and his or her family can be devastating.

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