Maritime personal injury law covers injuries to workers aboard ships, barges, tugs and most other seagoing vessels as well as crewmen, longshoremen and boaters. It also includes passengers aboard pleasure craft, ferries and cruise ships.
Maritime law, sometimes referred to as admiralty law, is unique because it often requires the application of uniform federal maritime law rather than the laws of the state where the incident occurred. Moreover, many cruise ship passenger tickets have shortened time periods for you to bring a claim, require a written notice of claim in advance and preselect the court in which you must bring the claim.
Knowledgeable Maritime Injury Claim Attorneys
Due to the complex nature of these claims, it is important that you select counsel with a proven record of results in maritime action and personal injury. The New York attorneys at Dankner Milstein, P.C., have significant experience representing the rights of both workers and passengers in maritime accidents, including those involving:
- Ferries: We served on the plaintiffs executive committee in the crash of the Staten Island ferry MV Andrew J. Barberi on Oct. 15, 2003, and represented several passengers.
- Commercial vessels and ships: The lawyers at Dankner Milstein, P.C., have represented injured seamen in actions brought under the Jones Act.
- Recreational boats: As interest in boating, cruising and Jet Ski use at resorts skyrockets across the country, more people have been injured in recreational boating accidents. Our New York lawyers have been involved in personal watercraft (PWC) (Wave Runner, Jet Ski or Seadoo) litigation and are familiar with the legal theories being asserted in PWC defective design litigation.
Injuries on Cruise Ships
An increasing number of cruise ship accidents, including assaults by crew members or fellow passengers, food and other toxic poisoning, sexual battery, slips, falls, and injuries while on daily excursions, have caused Congress to take a much closer look at the largely unregulated cruise line industry.
We are familiar with maritime limitations on liability actions, the Jones Act, Death on the High Seas Act, shortened statutes of limitations and notice of claim requirements in cruise ship actions and have worked with the nation’s leading maritime experts.
If you have been injured aboard a cruise ship, it is important to contact experienced counsel immediately. The fine print on cruise ship tickets usually designates where you can make a claim, requires that you notify the cruise line about the accident within a specific time frame and may shorten the time to file your claim within one year of the accident.