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Ashburn Maritime Injury Attorneys – Virginia

Although they aren’t as prevalent as other types of personal injury accidents, maritime accidents can be catastrophic for a victim, depending on the circumstances. Our law firm has years of experience representing clients who have been injured in maritime accidents. The team of dedicated personal injury attorneys at Schechter, Shaffer & Harris, LLP is here to answer any questions you may have about your case and fight for the full compensation you deserve.

WHAT IS MARITIME LAW?

Maritime law is applied when a worker is injured at sea. It governs matters that involve ships, insurance claims, and civil matters that occur on the open water. An injured worker may be entitled to file claims under the Longshore and Harbormen’s Act or the Jones Act, depending on their employment status. The statute of limitations in place puts a restriction on the amount of time a worker has to pursue legal action against the negligent party. After this time has passed, a worker forfeits their rights to pursue legal action. Offshore injuries fall under different Federal and State laws. The statute of limitation law varies per state. Since this type of case is time-sensitive, it is vital that you get in touch with a maritime attorney to discuss legal options if you or a loved one have been injured in a maritime accident.

WHAT TYPES OF CLAIMS CAN I MAKE?

Most boating accidents are caused by some form of operator error, although environmental factors like inclement weather or water conditions can play a role in causing or mitigating an accident. The most common causes boil down to these things: failing to maintain control of your boat, not maintaining a proper lookout for other vessels, speeding, operating under the influence, improper loading of cargo onto one’s vessel, poor maintenance of navigational equipment (or failure to use said equipment), and improperly using marine radios. Oftentimes another party will be responsible for causing an accident; this might include illegal operation of another craft that crosses paths with your own vessel unannounced due to poor visibility.

  • Maritime claims arise when workers are injured because of:
  • Loss or damage of vessel from poor construction
  • Sunken vessels
  • Pollution
  • Hazardous ship conditions
  • Defective design

No matter how your maritime accident occurred, Schechter, Shaffer & Harris, LLP is here to represent you and your interests throughout the legal process. Seeking legal help as soon as possible can make a tremendous difference in your case and can prevent important evidence from being lost or destroyed.

WHAT COMPENSATION MAY I BE ENTITLED TO?

Compensation in a maritime injury claim can be quite extensive. Depending on the facts of your case, you may be entitled to any or all of the following:

  • Medical expenses
  • Future medical care needs
  • Loss of future earnings/career path (past & present)
  • Wage/salary replacement (past & present)
  • Disability
  • Pain and suffering
  • Emotional distress
  • Loss of consortium/companionship (if applicable)

The maritime injury lawyers at Schechter, Shaffer & Harris, LLP are committed to providing clients the top-notch representation they deserve in their time of need. If you’ve been injured due to someone else’s negligent actions, contact us today for a free consultation regarding your legal rights and options moving forward.

IS IT WORTH HIRING A MARITIME INJURY LAWYER?

Our legal team has a comprehensive understanding of all the elements involved in building a maritime accident case. We can assist you in legal strategy, gathering evidence to make your case stronger, answering any legal questions, and, most importantly, getting you the medical treatment and compensation you deserve. A settlement can assist you with any losses you incurred after your accident such as lost wages, medical bills, and pain and suffering. Our legal team will be there for you each step of the way so you don’t have to go through this alone. We understand that maritime accidents can happen morning, day or night, that’s why we are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Give us a call today for a free consultation.

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