Foreign Voyages

Any vessel flying the United States flag is still covered by United States maritime law even while sailing in international waters. However, the intersections of domestic and foreign maritime law can prove complex, archaic, and confusing, even knowing you have the maritime laws of the United States on your side. Luckily, the Jones Act attorneys of O’Bryan Baun Karamanian have navigated these complicated waters before, and know how to steer your case to a successful resolution.

What Are International Waters?

US maritime law defines “international waters” (also referred to as the “high seas”) as any body of water outside the jurisdiction of the United States. Generally speaking, when a ship sails or works in international waters, any legal matter falls under the jurisdiction of the country whose flag it flies. International waters can include major oceans, seas, and even lakes in other countries that allow the passage of American-owned or -operated vessels.

What Can I Do If A Worker Is Hurt Or Killed In International Waters?

No matter where the vessel is navigating to, if the vessel is flying the flag of the United States or has U.S. base of operations, it is covered by American maritime law exactly like it would be while sailing in American waters.

For example, let’s say you’re employed on a vessel flying an American flag that’s sailing in foreign waters to take goods to another country. While employed on this vessel, you fall ill or get injured due to negligence or poor working conditions. Under the Jones Act, you would still be able to seek financial compensation from the shipowner for your illness or injury, even while sailing in the waters of another country.


Contact O’Bryan Law Today

With as complicated as maritime law is on its own, international maritime law can be even more difficult to navigate. If you’re facing an accident or injury claim in international waters, you need a tough and experienced Jones Act lawyer to help you get justice.

At O’Bryan Baun Karamanian, we have dozens of years of combined experience dealing with the legalities of international waters. We focus solely on maritime law, placing our skills leagues ahead of other personal injury lawyers who ‘sometimes dabble’ in maritime injuries. Don’t waste any more precious time – contact O’Bryan today and let us put the wheels of justice in motion.