- Cruise Ship Liability
- Seamen / Jones Act
Admiralty or Maritime Law consists of a distinct and separate set of rules and laws that relate to the navigation of vessels and commerce by water. Justification for maritime jurisdiction in this country’s federal courts grew out of the recognition of the important national interest in a uniform law for those who face the hazards of waterborne transportation. In fact, maritime law, on an international scale, is fairly similar between countries but poses very unique questions as opposed to other fields of law in this country.
Maritime cases may involve passengers on cruise ships or other forms of passenger ships, who may be covered by general maritime law, or they may involve seamen and maritime workers who may fall under the protections given to seamen / maritime workers under the Jones Act in addition to being covered by general maritime law. When faced with a potential maritime claim it is important to rely upon an attorney familiar with the field of admiralty / maritime law. As a member of the Maritime Law Association of the United States since 1998, and a holder of a Maritime Law Certificate from the internationally renowned maritime law program through Tulane University School of Law, Michael R. Jackson is prepared to assist you in all forms of cases involving personal injuries occurring on vessels and/or offshore.
Keep in mind that being represented by an experienced attorney can cause you to avoid mistakes that might affect the value of your legal claim or which might cause it to be barred entirely. The ship owner or operator of the vessel, as well as the insurance company, will most certainly have experienced legal counsel, and it will not be their goal to look out for your best interests. Instead, their goal will be to keep claim costs down and minimize the amount paid out on each claim. Thus, it is important, if you believe you may have a claim, for you to seek legal advice as quickly as possible after your injuries occurred in order to preserve evidence and to allow your attorney to be able to pursue all applicable remedies. The Jackson Law Firm, P.A. welcomes the opportunity to discuss your claim with you in confidence, so that you can determine your rights under admiralty / maritime law.