Santa Clarita Maritime Lawyers
What is Maritime law?
Maritime law or Admiralty law is a specific body of law that governs maritime questions and offenses. These laws encompass all aspects of injury for individuals under the distinction of seamen, a person who spends majority of time working on a ship. They are also involved in all of the insurance claims and civil matters that occur on open water. Areas that Maritime law governs: marine commerce, marine navigation, marine salvaging, shipping and sailors or seamen.
What is the Jones Act?
In Santa Clarita, the Jones Act ensures certain rights to the seamen who qualify. This act allows our experienced maritime lawyers to bring legal actions on behalf of seamen who were injured due to another party’s negligence while on board a ship. Injuries commonly filed include the vessel having a defective design, safety conditions, and a sunken vessel due to poor construction.
When to File a Claim
So 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 Santa Clarita. Common personal injury claims filed by crew members include:
- Defective design
- Lack of proper safety training before permitting seamen to perform their duties
- Failure to perform regular check-ups on all equipment and parts
- Negligence of co-workers
- Sunken vessels from leaking oil
- Loss of vessel from poor construction
Our attorneys have years of experience and the knowledge of maritime law in Santa Clarita. 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.
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