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3 maritime law pointers every boater should know

If you are a boater, there are certain basic concepts of maritime law that you should be familiar with. An accident can happen at any time, and you need to be prepared for the unexpected. Understanding a few basics of maritime law can help you avoid mishaps and move forward effectively if an accident occurs.

Although maritime law is complex, the following basics are a good starting point. If you are in a situation that requires legal advice, you should contact a maritime law attorney to help assist you with your case.

1. The Jones Act

If you are an employee working a significant amount of time as a captain or crew member on a vessel, the Jones Act may apply in cases where you become injured on the job. To qualify under this law, you must be classified as a "seaman." This distinction is important because it allows you to bring a case to court to seek compensation for injuries suffered on the job. The Jones Act does not actually define who qualifies as a seaman, this has been defined by case law. You should contact a maritime law attorney to see if the definition applies in your case if you suffered an injury on the job as a maritime worker.

2. Business law

Maritime law issues often overlap with business law. This is why it is critical to have a maritime law attorney who not only understands the law governing the sea, but also laws governing business. For example, if you employ a crew on a boat, there is a range of specific laws governing your rights and responsibilities. Boat tax issues and marina contracts can also be areas where these two types of law intersect.

3. Statute of limitations

Maritime law is governed by a statute of limitations for claims, so it is important not to wait if you have a case that needs attention. Generally speaking, maritime law is governed by a uniform three-year statute of limitations. However, a qualified maritime law attorney can advise you about the specific timeframes and deadlines that apply to your case.

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