San Francisco Maritime Lawyers
What is Maritime Law?
A maritime lawyer practices laws that pertain to the navigable waters in the United States, as well as the open water in places like the Gulf of Mexico and the coastal lines of the US, but lawyers can also pertain to the Jones Act. Maritime law involves ships, shipping, insurance claims and civil matters that occur on the open waters.
Maritime law is applied when an employee is injured at sea. This law is different from personal injury law and workers’ compensation law that apply to land-based incidents.
What is the Jones Act?
The Jones Act, formally known as the Merchant Marine Act of 1920, protects specific rights of seamen when they qualify under the law. The Jones Act allows a maritime lawyer to bring legal actions on the behalf of an injured employee, against ship owners, the ship captain or other crew members after an incident has occurred.
When Should I file a Claim?
There are types of cases where a San Francisco maritime lawyer can demonstrate that an employee’s injuries are the result of the employer’s negligence:
- Failure to provide a seaworthy vessel
- Lack of proper safety training before permitting seamen to their duties
- Sunken vessels from leaking oil
- Negligence of the seaman’s coworkers
- Assault by a co-worker
- Unsafe work methods
Finding a San Francisco Maritime Lawyer
Our attorneys have years of experience and the knowledge of maritime law in San Francisco. 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