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Maritime Accidents

Maritime Accident Injury Lawsuits

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Evidence in a maritime accident is critical

Maritime Accidents

The underwriter of any vessel will get statements of witnesses about your case.  It is important to hire an attorney immediately to investigate your accident and to obtain statements from witnesses because crew members often return home or transfer vessels.  Witnesses can provide valuable information about the liability of an employer or shipowner. 

Negligence in maritime accidents

Vessel crews often work under hazardous conditions so that the vessel achieves the highest possible revenues.  Sailors injured due to operating under hazardous conditions, negligence of an employer or vessel operator or crew member, or the unseaworthy condition of the vessel have rights under the Jones Act.  Injured sailors are typically entitled to recover wages, future earnings, medical expenses and damages for pain and suffering and other general damages. You should consult a lawyer immediately to determine how much time you have to file your claim and to determine if your claim is one of worker's compensation or one under the Jones Act.

Jones Act & Death on the High Seas Act

The Jones Act, or the Merchant Marine Act, allows injured sailors to obtain damages from their employers for the negligence of the shipowner, the captain, or fellow members of the crew. The law takes legislation allowing damages by injured railroad workers and applies that right to sailors.  This is similar to the Federal Employers Liability Act (FELA) and provides that employers must provide injured sailors with transport home, wages while out, medical expenses, and in cases of negligence, possibly damages for pain and suffering. If your loved one died as a result of an employer’s negligence or an unseaworthy vessel, you and your family may file for compensation under the Death on the High Seas Act.

Recreational boating accidents

Recreational boating accidents are subject to many types of city, county and state laws.  Motor vehicle rules are often applied to recreational boating and in the case of accidents or boating injuries, negligence and fault are determined in similar ways. Depending upon what body of water you were injured upon, your legal rights may differ.  Parker Waichman LLP, LLP will help you understand the laws governing recreational boating and will assist you with a potential boating accident claim.

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Company Says Human Error Caused Ship Tilt

Jul 26, 2006 | Florida Today
Princess Cruises said Tuesday that "human error" caused the Crown Princess to sharply list last week after leaving Port Canaveral, injuring several hundred people. The company also said crew members have been reassigned as a result of the July 18 incident. The statement from the California-based cruise line comes as the cause of the accident remains under investigation by the U.S. Coast Guard, the National Transportation Safety Board and Bermuda-flag authorities. "It would therefore be...

Cruise Ship Accident Blamed on Human Error

Jul 26, 2006 | Miami Herald
The headline-grabbing tilt that injured 240 people aboard the Crown Princess last week was caused by human error, not a mechanical problem with the ship, Princess Cruises said in a letter to passengers that seeks to ease concerns about a possible repeat. The letter, signed by President Alan Buckelew, states that U.S. authorities continue to investigate the July 18 incident, and therefore it's too soon to comment in any detail about what went wrong. ''However,'' Buckelew said, ``we can confirm...

Parker & Waichman, LLP Files Claims Against Carnival Corp. On Behalf of Five Passengers Injured After Crown Princess Cruise Ship Listed to the Right on July 18, 2006 - CCL

Jul 25, 2006 | PrimeZone
Parker & Waichman, LLP ( announced that it has filed claims against Carnival Corp. (NYSE:CCL) on behalf of five passengers who were injured on the Crown Princess cruise ship after the vessel listed between 15 and 38 degrees to the right. The passengers, who reside in New Jersey and Long Island, New York, were aboard the Crown Princess on July 18 when the ship departed from Canaveral, Florida for New York on the final leg of a nine-day Caribbean voyage. The victims...

Cruise Ship Crown Princess Tilt Blamed on 'Human Error'

Jul 25, 2006 |
Princess Cruise Lines has blamed "human error" for last week's unexpected heavy roll of the cruise ship Crown Princess, which resulted in injuries to 240 passengers and brought a terrifying end to the ship's Caribbean cruise. "We can confirm that the incident was due to human error and the appropriate personnel changes have been made," a Princess Cruise Lines statement said. While Princess declined to go into any additional detail, a spokesperson confirmed that the ship's captain, who was not...

Company Blames Cruise Ship Mishap on Bridge Officer's Error

Jul 25, 2006 | South Florida Sun-Sentinel
The sudden lurch of the Crown Princess cruise ship last week that sent 94 passengers to the hospital was caused by a bridge officer's mistake, Princess Cruises said on Tuesday. Los Angeles-based Princess didn't specify the mistake, or add much detail, saying the incident is still under investigation by regulators. But in an open letter to passengers posted on the line's Web site, Princess President Alan Buckelew said human error was the cause of the incident. "The appropriate personnel...

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