Maritime Attorneys | Boating Accident Lawyer
Recognized by U.S. News & World Report as one of the nation’s “Best Law Firms” for 2021, Wilshire Law Firm’s maritime lawyers are making huge waves in the legal landscape. With our headquarters located in Los Angeles, California, our experienced team of maritime attorneys are here to represent you.
Our dedicated group of maritime lawyers are here to help coastline California victims whether the incident was in Long Beach, San Pedro, Ventura, or anywhere else along the Pacific Coast.
From the shores of California, to the coast of Seattle, all the way up to the great oceans of Alaska, and even the ports along the Florida coastline, Wilshire Law Firm is committed to providing our clients with high-quality legal representation. We handle a wide range of maritime cases including boat accidents, cruise ship-related sexual harassment, Jones Act wage claims, and many other various nautical disputes.
What is Maritime Law?
Also known as Admiralty Law, the term refers to a collection of laws and regulations that govern behavior, activity, and nautical disputes on the open seas. Maritime laws affect anyone who is on the ocean, sea, or any other body of navigable water.
While Maritime laws are codified under Article III, Section II of the United States Constitution, it’s important to remember that each state follows its own set of proximity-based regulations. Many jurisdictions often have conflicting rules and penalties for what they consider legal violations.
Do I Have a Maritime Law Case?
Maritime law is broad-reaching and touches upon many different aspects of nautical disputes. The award-winning team at Wilshire Law Firm have an extensive history helping clients resolve complex cases throughout the United States.
Types of Boat Accidents We Handle | Watercraft Accidents
Wilshire Law Firm represents clients in the following types of accidents
- Cruiseship Accidents
- Recreational Boating Accidents
- Jetski Accidents
- Yacht Accidents
- Duck Boat Accidents
- Dive Boat Accidents
- Docking and Port Accidents
- And more…
What Are Common Causes of a Boating Accident?
- Impaired Operations
- Weather Conditions
- Operator Error or Inattention
- Excessive Speeds
- Equipment Failure
Sexual Harassment on Cruise Ships | Maritime Sexual Misconduct
According to data from the Department of Transportation (DOT), sexual harassment is the most frequently reported incident on cruise ships. Sexual harassment on Florida cruise ships has run rampant over the past few years. Of the 35 sexual harassment cases reported by cruise lines for the third quarter of 2019, 20 were reported on Carnival Cruise Ships.
Cruise ships have a moral and legal obligation to keep their passengers safe and in a secure environment for the duration of the trip. Many deploy tactics to shame or discredit sexual harassment victims into not filing a lawsuit. We know all of their tricks and are ready to fight for our clients and help you get the justice that you deserve.
If you have been a victim of sexual assault, rape, harassment, or any other sexual misconduct on a cruise ship, you may be entitled to compensation. We provide legal services for all sexual misconduct cases that occured on cruise ships and are always on standby with our team of experienced lawyers.
The Jones Act
The Jones Act, also known as the Merchant Marine Act of 1920, is federal legislation that regulates maritime commerce, ensures vessels are seaworthy, and protects injured American workers if they were hurt at sea.
Wilshire Law Firm’s maritime lawyers handle cases relating to the Jones Act and it’s many subsections including:
Maintenance and Cure:
Maintenance and cure refers to the benefits and compensation that an injured seafarer receives while recovering from a work-related injury. An injured seaman is entitled to a daily stipend, also known as a cure, until they meet their maximum medical improvement (MMI). This ‘cure’ is usually used to aid certain aspects of an injured seafarer's life such as rent, mortgage, food, utilities, and medical bills.
The law requires a maritime employer to pay maintenance and cure to their injured worker until they reach their maximum medical improvement status.
Were you injured on the job and have not received the proper maintenance and cure from your employer? Wilshire Law Firm can help you receive maximum compensation from your employer and get you the justice that you deserve.
Seaworthiness refers to the safety of a particular vessel and its ability to pass the required tests and inspections without fail. Not only does this refer to the vessel, but it also includes the safety of the environment and the proper equipment and protection given to seamen to adequately do their job.
Many maritime negligence cases stem from vessels being unseaworthy. Unsafe working conditions or lack of protocols can result in failure for even the newest vessels.
Compensation Categories Covered Under The Jones Act
If your injury is covered under the Jones Act, you may be entitled to any or all of the following types of compensation:
- Medical bills and expenses
- Wages lost as a result of your injury
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Pain and suffering
- Lost future earnings capacity
Death on High Seas Act | DOHSA | Wrongful Death Offshore
According to DOHSA, an individual may file a claim, “When the death of an individual is caused by wrongful act, neglect, or default occurring on the high seas beyond three (3) nautical miles from the shore of the United States....” 46 U.S. Code § 30302.
In order to file a claim under the Death on High Seas Act, you must be a qualified beneficiary. Qualified beneficiaries include a decedent’s spouse, parent, child, or any dependent relative.
If a member of your family has been killed while at sea, you may be entitled under maritime law to economic compensation if you file a DOHSA claim within three years. Wilshire Law Firm provides compassionate and confidential assistance and legal representation for those affected by the death of a loved one on the high seas.
Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act | LHWCA Injuries
Injuries are an inevitable part of maritime occupations. That’s why it’s important to know your rights under the LHWCA if you are a longshore worker, shipbuilder, ship-breaker, harbor construction, or ship maintenance worker.
Maritime workers operating within all navigable waters of the U.S. and their respective operations areas (piers, wharves, docks, terminals, and vessel loading/unloading zones) are covered under the LHWCA. If you are injured on the job, you may be able to file a claim and receive either partial or permanent disability benefits.
Schedule a Free Maritime Attorney Consultation Today
Truth. Justice. Accountability. That’s what our experienced maritime lawyers can bring to the table for your boating accident or offshore injury claim.
Wilshire Law Firm represents the families of boat accident victims as well as seriously injured survivors, both nationally and internationally. We would be honored to investigate your offshore injury, maritime employment, or maritime accident case and work on your behalf.
To begin scheduling your free initial consultation with an experienced maritime attorney, please call (800) 522-7274 or complete our online contact form. Our team is available 24/7 to assist you.