Maritime law, sometimes known as admiralty law, exists to protect the men and women who face very specific and hazardous conditions doing their jobs on and near the sea. Maritime law recognizes the risks these men and women encounter every day and defines their legal rights, such as the right to medical care, when injured in a maritime accident.
The South Jersey maritime accident lawyers at Freedman & Lorry, P.C. can assist you if you have been injured in a maritime or offshore accident. Since the firm’s beginnings in 1945, we have fought for the rights of merchant seaman and longshoremen. Our contributions to maritime law include a case that changed the law for the benefit of merchant seamen and longshoremen – Seas Shipping Co. v. Sieracki, 328 U.S. 85, as well as cases argued successfully before the Supreme Court.
The complexities of maritime law require legal representation well versed in its nuances and procedures. If you are seeking compensation for injuries suffered offshore, the South Jersey maritime accident lawyers at Freedman & Lorry, P.C. have the experience you need.
Who We Represent
Our seasoned maritime injury lawyers have successfully recovered compensation for countless injured individuals, as well as families of those who have lost their lives at sea, including:
- Commercial fishermen
- Longshoremen and dock workers
- Merchant seamen
- Recreational boating operators
- Ship builders
Compensation for Work Injuries Under Maritime Law
Maritime law governs all activities that happen on the water. This includes but is not limited to:
- Accidents on cruise ships
- Fires or explosions on drilling rigs
- Claims for wrongful death
- Commercial fishing accidents
- Products liability cases
- Accidents on overseas U.S. military bases
Employers are obligated under general maritime law to provide a seaworthy vessel, maintain and outfit it properly, and staff it with a properly trained crew. An employer who fails to do so may be held liable for a seaman’s damages and loss.
Maintenance and Cure Benefits
Maintenance and cure benefits are specific to maritime law and guarantee injured maritime workers paid room and board ashore, within reason, as well as medical treatment until he or she is fit for duty or reaches maximum recovery. The Supreme Court has defined maintenance and cure very broadly. Besides food and rent, maintenance includes electricity, phone, and transportation. Cure benefits include everything from diagnostic tests to hospital treatment, prescription medication, and physical therapy or in-home care.
Other Maritime Worker Benefits
Other benefits available to maritime workers who are injured in a work accident include:
- Wage loss benefits
- Loss of limb or disfigurement benefits
- Damages for physical pain and suffering
- Dependents of workers who suffer a fatality are eligible for death benefits such as burial costs and loss of companionship.
While compensation for work injuries is similar to that of workers on land, maritime workers are not covered by state Workers’ Compensation systems. Instead, general maritime law, together with federal acts such as the Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act (LHWCA), the Defense Base Act, and the Jones Act, are available to help injured offshore workers. General maritime law also governs many recreational boating accidents.
In additional to federal protections under maritime law, individuals injured as a result of negligence may also have a valid third party liability claim against the negligent party. For example, if the injuries were caused by defective or poorly maintained equipment, the equipment’s manufacturer or person responsible for maintenance may be held liable.
Lawsuits concerning maritime accidents and injuries may be filed in federal or state court. A qualified maritime accident lawyer can explain the different maritime regulations, how they apply to your case, and where your claim should be filed.
South Jersey Maritime Lawyers at Freedman & Lorry, P.C. Represent Injured Seamen and Maritime Workers
The experienced South Jersey maritime lawyers at Freedman & Lorry, P.C. are dedicated to recovering compensation for injured maritime workers. We have a proven track record of success in maritime accident cases, and we can help you too. Let us take care of your legal needs so that you can concentrate on your recovery. We represent injured maritime workers throughout Pennsylvania, New Jersey, including Cape May, Gloucester and Wildwood, and North Carolina from our offices in Philadelphia, Cherry Hill and Pinehurst. For a free consultation, contact us online or call us at 888-999-1962.