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Atlanta Maritime Lawyers

Atlanta Maritime Lawyers


What is Maritime Law?

A maritime lawyer works with specific cases that involve maritime law and the Jones Act. Maritime law governs matters that involve ships, shipping, insurance claims and civil matters that occur in the fresh waters within the United States, as well as coastal lines of the U.S., like the Gulf of Mexico. Maritime law includes all commercial and private transportation of goods or passengers by sea. Also known as admiralty law, it governs all matters involving the use of ships, shipping goods, insurance claims and all civil problems that happen on the open water. These laws are supported by the Jones Act and the Carriage of Goods by Sea Act (COGSA).

What is the Jones Act?

The Jones Act, formally known as the Merchant Act of 1920, gives seamen certain rights when qualified under the act. This act gives our maritime lawyers the ability to take legal action against ship owners, ship captains as well as other crew members after an accident.

When Should I File a Claim?

It is vital if you have been involved in an accident on water that you contact an attorney. Schechter, McElwee, Shaffer & Harris, L.L.P. are your go to maritime attorneys in Atlanta. Some common types of injuries reported:

  • Defective design
  • Unsafe working conditions
  • Negligence by a co-worker
  • Sunken vessels from leaking oil
  • Loss of vessel from poor construction
  • Lack of proper safety training before permitting seamen to perform their duties
  • Failure to perform regular check-ups on all equipment and parts

How can we help you?

Our attorneys have years of experience and the knowledge of maritime law in Atlanta. Here at SMSH we are dedicated to helping victims get their fair compensation that they are entitled to under the Jones Act and other maritime laws. The compensation will cover any losses after the accident such as; medical bills, loss of wages and pain and suffering.

We can assist you in developing a legal strategy, gathering evidence to make the case stronger and answer any legal questions that you may have. We are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Call us today for a free evaluation. Click to Call 713-364-0723