Admiralty and maritime law, for the most part, deals with the application of law to events that occur on navigable waters. Navigable waters generally include the oceans of the world as well as large lakes or rivers that can be used for commercial shipping. These waters are divided into territorial waters and the high seas. Territorial waters are close to land while the high seas are those waters that are further away from land.
At Bruno & Bruno, our lawyers have substantial experience representing clients in admiralty and maritime cases. We represent individuals in New Orleans, Metairie, Kenner and Chalmette, and our Covington office serves people in Covington, Mandeville, Madisonville and Slidell who were injured at sea on offshore platforms and drilling rigs, on navigable waters or while working in harbor.
Whether you are a cruise ship passenger injured by the unseaworthy condition of a vessel, a recreational boat owner injured when another vessel's captain was boating under the influence or a vessel owner who is being sued by a seaman for injuries under the Jones Act, Louisiana's courts and the attorneys of Bruno & Bruno have experience litigating these claims. We are attuned to the needs of all types of maritime clients and have experience representing a wide range of clients from recreational boat owners to large maritime companies.
Though accidents that occur at sea have the same physical and emotional effects as those that occur on land, admiralty and maritime law is a complex and unique area of law. Our lawyers understand the unique nuances of these laws and know how to protect your rights and get you the compensation you need and deserve.
Frequently Asked Questions About Maritime Law
- Are accidents and injuries that occur on navigable waters treated differently from those occurring on land?
While the physical and emotional effects of an injury or death that occurs at sea or on navigable waters are similar to typical personal injury and wrongful death cases, admiralty and maritime personal injury cases are very different in many respects.
- Are all people injured on navigable waters treated the same under maritime law?
If you were injured at sea, your remedies under maritime law may differ depending on how the law classifies your presence on the water. Your status aboard a vessel would determine applicable maritime law, depending on whether you were a crew member, shore-side employee, passenger, or with pleasure boats, an owner or guest. The different classifications could lead to different remedies and results.
- Are there different deadlines for maritime claims than for nonmaritime claims?
Yes. There are specialized laws and limitations that pertain to admiralty and maritime casualties, and sorting out and asserting the applicable law is a precise specialty in this active venue. We here at Bruno & Bruno have the experience and know-how to protect and assert the proper remedy or defense as each case may require.
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If you or a loved one was injured at sea, Bruno & Bruno is here to help you navigate the complex area of maritime law. To discuss your case with one of our attorneys, call 504-525-1335 (800-966-1335 toll free). You may also contact us online. Our offices are conveniently located in New Orleans and Covington.