Maritime law applies to disputes involving maritime vessels. It differs from other forms of law, such as the civil court and arbitration, and maritime cases are often heard by federal courts. However, there are certain types of cases that cannot be heard by state courts, including partition of ship ownership, claims to limit a shipowner’s liability after a major accident, and actions to arrest a ship to enforce a maritime lien. Listed below are some examples of maritime cases that may need to be brought to federal court.
Maritime accidents often result in the injury or death of a loved one. Depending on the severity of the injuries, a victim may be entitled to receive compensation from the vessel owner. Damages for medical expenses, pain and suffering, and loss of income can be collected by a victim of maritime accidents. A skilled maritime accident attorney can represent you and collect damages for your injuries. Our firm accepts cases throughout the United States, including Florida, Louisiana, and Texas.
Maritime laws vary widely by country and jurisdiction. United States law developed from the admiralty courts of the British colonies. International maritime law is governed by a series of conventions that are largely accepted around the world. These conventions were crafted by a private group of maritime lawyers in the early 20th century, and are overseen by the International Maritime Organization (IMO). Several countries are now working toward codifying international maritime law and promoting continuity among jurisdictions.