Maritime accidents can involve any disaster that occurs on the water in Los Angeles. Many maritime accidents cause injuries to sailors, fishermen, or passengers on recreational watercraft. Injuries sustained in a maritime accident result in very high medical bills.
Getting compensation after a maritime accident can be challenging, as you may have to deal with maritime and admiralty laws. The Simmrin Law Group’s maritime accident lawyers in Los Angeles can help in this situation. We can work to bring you full damages after you call us at (310) 997-4688.
Understanding Maritime and Admiralty Law
Accidents that occur on the water or on land when people are carrying out maritime-related activities are covered under special laws. These laws are known as maritime and admiralty laws and they are based in the federal court system.
Maritime law may also be referred to as “dry law.” Often maritime law deals with marine insurance or ships that carry either goods or people. Admiralty law – or “wet law” – focuses more on ships as they operate on a body of water. It may cover issues like collisions and salvage.
Under maritime and admiralty laws, you can seek compensation for injuries that you incurred in a maritime accident in Los Angeles.
Marine Workers and Accidents in Los Angeles
Accidents involving marine workers are generally covered under maintenance and cure in admiralty law. Sailors, seamen, fishermen, and other individuals who work on the water may be considered marine workers. In some cases, this even includes dockhands and those who work in marine-adjacent careers. If you are hurt while working on the water, you could be entitled to:
Maintenance for Maritime Accidents
If you are hurt while working in a maritime field, you may be entitled to maintenance. Maintenance payments are designed to help you cover your living expenses after an accident. You can receive maintenance regardless of your level of fault in the maritime accident.
Cure for Maritime Accidents
Cure in a maritime accident is designed to cover your medical expenses. This means you may be entitled to cure to pay for:
- Emergency medical services
- A hospital stay
- Physical therapy
A personal injury lawyer in Los Angeles can work to make sure you receive fair compensation.
Injured Passengers and Maritime Accidents in California
Passenger injuries caused by a maritime accident are not handled in the same way as an injury to an employee. Instead, you are often allowed to pursue a personal injury claim if you are hurt while aboard a ship or a boat.
All owners of maritime vessels in Los Angeles owe a duty of care to their passengers. Owners can violate this duty of care if they allow hazards to develop aboard their vessels. We commonly see injuries occur if passengers are exposed to slip and fall hazards, for example.
You should know that you are not alone if you are hurt in a maritime accident. According to the Insurance Information Institute (III), there were 33 major marine disasters in the year 2017 alone. These disasters resulted in the deaths of 1,163 people. There were also many smaller accidents, which resulted in serious injuries. Call us at (310) 997-4688 if you were hurt in a maritime accident.
Personal Injury Claims and Maritime Accidents in Los Angeles
As we mentioned, you may need to file a personal injury claim if you are hurt aboard a maritime vessel as a passenger. You only have a limited period of time to bring a personal injury claim against the boat’s owner or operator. Make sure you file your claim within three years of your accident. Your claim can help you get compensation to cover your:
- Medical expenses
- Lost wages
- Lost earning potential
The team at the Simmrin Law Group can begin working on your claim now. We can dig into the facts about your accident and gather evidence to strengthen your claim. We are prepared to negotiate with insurance agents representing boat owners for you. Get professional help on your side to improve your chances of securing maximum compensation for your losses.
Contact a Los Angeles Maritime Accident Lawyer Right Now
You can get legal help today if you were hurt in a maritime accident in Los Angeles. The Simmrin Law Group offers assistance to both workers and passengers involved in maritime accidents. You can learn more about your options to get full damages by contacting us for a FREE case evaluation.
Take charge of your future by calling (310) 997-4688 or completing our online contact form to reach a maritime accident lawyer in Los Angeles.