Maritime law protects individuals in maritime accidents and provides federal compensation protection. Generally, people who work at sea, such as crane operators, are protected by the law. However, some extensions of maritime law may also apply to non-maritime workers. In the case of an accident involving a ship, the injured party can seek compensation for their medical expenses.
The UNCLOS, or United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, governs maritime interactions between states. This legal system has evolved over centuries. Ultimately, it was codified in the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) in 1994. Though the United States did not ratify the UNCLOS, it recognizes it as a part of customary international law and generally follows its provisions.
Another area of maritime law is workers’ compensation. While courts have ruled that it is unlawful to exclude liability for injury caused by clear negligence, companies may still try to shift responsibility to third parties and not pay fair compensation. Experienced maritime attorneys can help victims avoid such tactics and obtain a fair compensation for their injuries. These attorneys can also provide valuable guidance and advice.
The maritime law in the United States includes various international treaties. The US has signed the Maritime Act of 1980, which regulates maritime activities and protects the rights of citizens of other countries. Maritime law in the United States was created through cooperation with laws of other countries, including the United Nations. Maritime law was among the first areas of international law.