Working at sea can be a very rewarding career for California residents; however, it is one that comes with many risks. The dangers are so extensive, that a worker’s life could be lost. As such, it is important for maritime employees and their loved ones to understand the laws in place and the recourses available to them when an injury or death occurs.
Injuries at sea
At Russell Mirkovich & Morrow, our law firm understands the seriousness of a maritime accident and the devastation it can cause for the injured worker and their loved ones. Thus, our skilled attorneys are prepared to handle a wide range of maritime claims.
Whether you were harmed due to the poor design or inadequate maintenance of a vessel or the negligence of the owner or captain of the vessel, it is important to understand your rights and options when it comes to addressing damages suffered. A civil suit could hold a liable party accountable while also helping the injured worker recover compensation.
Maritime work deaths
The Death on the High Seas Act of 1920 outlines the rights of a surviving spouse, parent or child following the death of a loved one while working at sea. This Act allows the eligible party to seek financial compensation for the death of a loved one due to the negligence of a sea or air carrier. So long as the death occurred more than three nautical miles away from the U.S. shores, this law applies.
It is not always clear and straightforward when maritime laws are applicable following a death or injury at sea. As such, it is important to gain a full understanding of your matter in order to take proper and timely action. This can help ensure your rights and interests are protected.