Bailey Law Office, PLLC

 

Attorneys at Law


maritime law

Boating accidents:

Each year thousands of people are injured and hundreds of people are killed in boating accidents.  Boating and personal watercraft accidents often occur due to negligence.  They can result in serious and sometimes deadly injuries.  These accidents can happen on a privately-owned boat, a cruise ship, a jet ski, a ferry or other types of watercraft.  Regardless of the type of boating accident you or a loved one may have been involved in, we can assist you recover any damages lost as a result of the accident.


Maritime and Offshore accidents:

Maritime and offshore accidents fall under a different set of laws than other personal injury or workers’ compensation claims. There are specific maritime laws that govern claims, including the Jones Act, the Longshoremen and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act and general maritime laws. To receive the full protections these laws offer, it’s crucial to have an attorney who understands the complexities of each. If you’ve been injured while working on a vessel, offshore or in one of the nation’s many ports, contact the Bailey Law Office.

Time is of the Essence:
If you or a member of your family has been seriously injured or killed as the result of an offshore accident, please speak to a qualified maritime lawyer before talking to your employer or any insurance company or adjuster. If you work on a vessel, boat, barge, tanker, fishing boat, an offshore drilling rig or platform, or any other kind of ship, you may qualify for Jones Act compensation. 


Helpful Information for Maritime Workers:

Fill out an accident report as soon as possible after your injury.
If your employer gives you any paperwork to sign, have it reviewed by a competent maritime lawyer so you don’t waive your rights to more money.
Do not give a recorded statement to anyone without first seeking legal counsel.
Do not accept the word of a company doctor as to the extent of your injuries, seek out your own doctor for a second-opinion.