A common misconception about maritime law is that it only protects workers and seamen. While the Jones Act was initially written to protect maritime workers and seafaring employees, the fact of the matter is that the General Maritime Law of the United States applies to any accident that occurs on the navigable waterways of the United States. Whether working, traveling, or simply relaxing on the water, if you are involved in an accident on the water, you may be able to seek financial compensation for your injuries.
Can Maritime Law Protect Me If I Am Injured While Boating?
No matter what your accident or injury, if another is at fault for a boating accident or injury on any navigable waterway, American maritime law will support you in trying to seek compensation and damages for your injury. Your rights are protected by these laws and you are absolutely within your rights to seek compensation for your hardships.
These laws also apply to the exclusion of the laws of any individual state. For many personal injury cases, state laws may have a limit or a cap on the amount of damages that can be awarded. However, general maritime law has no such limit and supersedes any cap or limit the state law might have in place. Personal injury law can be brought to either state or federal court, and O’Bryan Law will file your case in whichever court will be most advantageous under the circumstances.
What Can I Do If I Am Hurt While Recreational Boating?
If you have been injured in a recreational boating accident on any navigable waterway in America, you may be entitled to financial compensation. In order to seek that compensation, you need the assistance of a tough and experienced maritime injury lawyer that understands the complexities and risks of these cases and knows how to work around the Limitation of Liability Statute, a law that can limit the amount of damages awarded to anyone involved in a maritime accident unless it can be shown that the owner knew of the negligent condition or conduct.
O’Bryan has the skills, experience, and education you need to make sure your recreational boating accident case is resolved in a satisfactory way. You deserve justice for your injury, no matter where in America it happened, and O’Bryan can fight for you like no other lawyer can. Contact us today for a free case evaluation.