The State of Alaska has 47,300 miles of coastline and at last count, 3200 named lakes and many thousands of inland bodies of water. Alaska is a marine-oriented state with a thriving marine economy. Cruise ships are also a significant presence along the coastal waters of Alaska. As a result of the economy and lifestyle of many Alaskans, marine environment injuries are more common than in other states. An injury that takes place offshore or on a vessel is subject to marine law, including the Jones Act.
The law governing personal injury cases occurring in a body of water are different than similar land-based claims. Maritime law, also known as admiralty law, is a special area of the law that controls how lawsuits are conducted in instances of marine-based accidents and other matters. Johnson Beard & Trueb, PC understands the challenges this branch of the law produces in any personal injury claim and have years of experience helping injured sailors, cruise ship passengers and victims of pleasure boat collisions.
If you have been injured while on a cruise ship, then you should contact us at your earliest opportunity so that we can assess you case and proceed with your claim. It isn't often realized that your passenger ticket is a contract with the cruise ship company. There is a limitation of time in which a claim can be made, as little as six months in some cases. The contract implies that the cruise ship affords you a reasonable standard of care which also covers unseaworthiness claims.
There is a branch of law going back thousands of years which was developed to standardize commerce conducted on ships. Prior to the United States gaining independence, all claims of this nature were decided in the Admiralty Court located in England. Our modern day admiralty law comes from these origins and still exists to standardize issues that are unique to the sea. One such issue is the responsibility that a vessel owner has to the people who on a ship, oil rig platform, or other movable seagoing vessel.
The Jones Act is legislation that was enacted to protect sailors who became ill or who were injured while working aboard a ship. Under this act you must be given medical aid and care under a provision called "cure and maintenance." Seaman injuries claims must be evaluated by an experienced admiralty law attorney to ensure that they are not incorrectly managed. You are entitled to
There is a specific legal definition that must be met in order to make a claim under admiralty law. If you have been injured or become ill working as a seaman, contact Johnson Beard & Trueb, PC. Your case will must be carefully crafted if you hope to ensure you are fairly compensated for your injuries and other damages.
Ensure you get all that is rightfully yours by contacting a personal injury lawyer in Anchorage today so we can evaluate the facts of your case, and initiate legal action for you. There are other avenues of that could provide you with added compensation that could be pursued, and we are zealous in identifying all such options, so that we can take advantage of every opportunity. The initial consultation is free so you have nothing to lose to explore your options with us. We look forward to meeting you and helping you with your claim.
Filing a personal injury lawsuit under maritime law requires a specialized approach as the laws are complex, and claims are often subject to being contested by the defendant. There are also areas of civil law that could allow for litigation depending on the circumstances. To ensure you do not lose any compensation you could be entitled to recover, contact us for an initial no charge consultation.
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