Unlike traditional personal injury or workplace accident laws, maritime injury laws have their own rules and regulations. Workers in this field don't qualify for traditional workers' compensation if they're hurt. Instead, they have to seek compensation through a personal injury claim.
Newport residents may have recently heard something about the Jones Act in connection with hurricane response efforts for Puerto Rico and the continental United States. Although the breadth and scope of the act are large, there are certain parts of it that could definitely have an effect on Rhode Island residents.
If you're new to law or just starting to understand your rights as someone injured or working on the open ocean, admiralty law is important to you. This field of law applies only to navigable waters, and it helps keep people safe while offshore.
When you're in a maritime accident, you may find that your case falls under the both-to-blame clause. The ocean marine insurance policy has this clause stating that if one ship or vessel collides with another because both parties were negligent, both parties need to share in the losses based on the value of their cargo and interests before the accident occurred.
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Maritime law is one of those things you don't hear a lot about, and some people can go their entire lives without needing to know about it. But anyone who goes out on the water, even for just a short pleasure cruise, should know what laws apply if something goes wrong.
The Jones Act is an important federal law that protects seamen when they are filing lawsuits against their employers. The act governs both wrongful death and personal injury claims. It gives crew members and officers the right to sue their employers for negligence if it resulted in injuries or death while at sea.
If you own a yacht that was built and/or purchased outside of the U.S., it's essential to be in compliance with federal laws if you're going to sell the vessel to a U.S. citizen. It's also important to know what the requirements are if the yacht was made in the U.S. but flies a foreign flag.