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New Jersey Maritime Lawyer and Jones Act Attorneys
Offshore workers, seamen and maritime workers who are employed in the navigable waters of New Jersey know they face a certain level of risk that comes with their jobs. In many maritime industry jobs, the danger of serious injury or illness is higher than in many other occupations. If you have been injured as a result of your job, a New Jersey maritime lawyer is the best person to talk to regarding your rights for compensation.
Depending on your circumstances, you may be entitled to financial damages for lost wages, medical bills, and other expenses. For seamen, a New Jersey Jones Act attorney can help with filing for maintenance and cure as well as other damages that may be applicable in your specific case.
The maritime laws of the U.S. are many and varied, from the Jones Act to the Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act and the Death on the High Seas Act. A New Jersey maritime lawyer is experienced specifically in these laws, as well as general maritime law. The legislation that governs compensation for maritime laborers differs in many cases from other workman’s compensation law. However, whether you work as a dock hand or on an offshore drilling rig, the New Jersey maritime injury attorneys at Schechter, McElwee, Shaffer & Harris will be able to not only explain your rights but also help you seek compensation under the correct laws.
Information On New Jersey Maritime Trade And Port Systems
The New Jersey maritime industry is a staple of the state’s economy. A large part of that is the port system. Many of the state’s maritime industry jobs center around the ports, from port workers to the seamen who work on vessels that frequent those ports and the state’s navigable waterways. The New Jersey maritime lawyers at Schechter, McElwee, Shaffer & Harris are available to help all of these employees in the event of a work-related injury.
A few of the major ports of New Jersey are:
1. Newark -- The Port of Newark is the busiest container shipping port on Newark Bay. Located in the state’s biggest city, this port primarily sees cargo such as beer, ale, cement, scrap metal, cars, apparel, salt, paper and petroleum products. The port saw nearly 89 million tons of cargo in 2008. Additionally, the Port Newark-Elizabeth Marine Terminal serves New York Harbor.
2. Camden -- On the eastern shores of the Delaware River is the Port of Camden, which handles products such as fresh fruits, steel products, wood products, iron ore and minerals, cars, scrap metal, and a variety of consumer goods.
3. Perth Amboy -- The Port of Perth Amboy, on the shores of the Raritan Bay, is operated by a private company, Perth Amboy Municipal Marina. Several commercial and industrial interests rely on this port’s deep-water facilities.
Get Help From New Jersey Jones Act And Maritime Lawyers
If you’ve been injured in a New Jersey port or while working offshore in state waters, you may be confused about the first steps you should take. The New Jersey maritime lawyers at Schechter, McElwee, Shaffer & Harris have decades of experience in helping injured workers. We can explain your rights, determine which laws are applicable in your case and advise you on how best to proceed to ensure you and your family are taken care of.
Call our New Jersey Jones Act attorneys today for FREE consultation and start getting the help you need.