Maritime Law/Seaman Protection

Massachusetts Maritime Law/Seaman Protection Lawyers

Are you a seaman who was injured on the job due to a maritime accident?  Maritime injuries are all too common, and often result in disfigurement, disability and even death.  Because of the unique dangers faced by seamen, the Jones Act, the Death on the High Seas Act and other maritime laws include provisions that ensure injured crewmen and their families receive full and just compensation if they are killed or injured while at sea or on a vessel.  However, maritime law is complex, and requires the expertise of an experienced maritime attorney to ensure the legal rights of injured seaman are protected.
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The Massachusetts seaman protection lawyers at Gilman Law LLP have extensive experience with maritime law, and have worked for 40 years to ensure the rights of injured crewman and their families.  Our knowledgeable attorneys have handled maritime injury claims on behalf of injured seamen and crewmembers, as well as longshoreman, harbor workers, oil rig workers, and shipyard workers hurt on the job.  Unfortunately, many of the seamen we represent must deal with employers and insurance companies who only seek to settle claims for the lowest amount possible.   Our maritime injury lawyers are proud of our ability to help our clients obtain the best medical care, compensation for lost wages and other benefits they deserve.

Maritime Injury Lawsuits

The Massachusetts maritime injury lawyers at Gilman Law LLP represent people injured in all manner of maritime and offshore accidents, including those involving:

  • Ferryboats
  • Dredging vessels
  • Underwater surveying boats
  • Commercial fishing vessels
  • Barges
  • American Flagged seagoing vessels
  • Tugboats and tow boats
  • Offshore oil rigs

Our firm has extensive experience with the maritime laws that have been put in place to protect injured offshore workers, including:

The Jones Act:  Provides for seamen and their families who have nowhere to turn for maintenance and cure following a serious injury or death at sea.  It also allows injured seaman and their families to bring negligence claims against their families, and unseaworthiness claims against owners of vessels

The Commercial Fishing Industry Vessel Safety Act of 1988: Governs the operational and safety procedures, wage laws and personal injury litigation of all commercial fishing vessels in the U.S. This includes ALL injured fishermen, including crews working foreign boats and undocumented workers in the U.S.

Longshore and Harbor Workers Compensation Act (LHWCA):  Offers longshoremen and their families a means of filing for full and fair compensation for injuries or wrongful death that may occur during the course of their job.

Death on the High Seas Act (DOHSA): Covers any death occurring beyond 3 nautical miles from the shore of any State. Only the personal representative of the deceased individual can bring a DOHSA action, and that action is pursued on behalf of, or for the benefit of the decedent’s spouse, children, parent or other financially dependent relative. DOHSA actions only provide for the recovery of monetary damages and do not provide for recovery of non-pecuniary damages.

Legal Help for Injured Seamen

If you are a seaman who was injured on the job, it is important you take action today, as maritime laws set strict deadlines for filing claims. To increase your odds of obtaining the full compensation the law allows, it’s vital you contact the experienced Massachusetts seaman protection lawyers at Gilman Law LLP today.  With offices throughout Massachusetts, the personal injury attorneys at Gilman Law LLP are available now to answer all of your maritime injury questions.  Please complete our online form or contact Gilman Law LLP at (888) 252-0084 for your free, confidential, no-obligation case evaluation with one of our maritime injury attorneys today.