Maritime law is the legal framework for disputes involving the sea. It applies to many different factual scenarios, from criminal activities to piracy to wake damage and towage contracts. These laws have also been recognized in a growing number of recreational boating accidents. Even though the courts generally avoid maritime litigation, a small number of cases are deciding the fate of many recreational boating accidents. This article will discuss the various types of maritime law cases and provide an overview of the maritime jurisdiction of the United States.
Maritime disputes are typically centered around issues involving maritime property. They usually involve disputes between co-owners of a vessel. Once the court determines that there is a dispute, the ship will be in possession of the defendant until the title dispute is resolved. If the shipowners fail to pay for their losses, they must post a bond to secure the ship’s release from their custody. A prize action, on the other hand, involves claims arising from the capture of a vessel during war. However, these laws have become outdated due to recent changes in warfare.
The Rolls of Oleron, promulgated in 1160 A.D., is a good example of maritime law. This statute requires shipowners to provide medical care to injured sailors, free of charge. The term “maximum medical cure” is more expansive than the phrase “maximum medical improvement,” as it encompasses long-term treatments as well as medications. Prosthetic devices, wheelchairs, and pain medications are common examples of this type of care.