There are many types of maritime law. Admiralty courts have wide-ranging jurisdiction and are usually called on in cases that involve accidents or injuries on the high seas. These courts are also used in cases involving the enforcement of maritime liens and other types of disputes on navigable waters. This article will discuss maritime law and its main types. Here, we will examine each one in detail. The following information is provided for your convenience. It will help you decide which type of law is right for your situation.
One common scenario that can lead to liability in a maritime accident is a ship collision. When ships collide, substantial amounts of cargo can be lost or damaged. In such cases, there is often no liability for the other party, since the Brussels Convention on Limitation of Liability, or “Hague Rules,” applies. If a ship fails to make seaworthiness, negligence may be the underlying cause. Maritime law also covers the legal ramifications of failing to maintain a seaworthy ship.
While the Jones Act only applies to seamens, employees who don’t qualify as seamen can still be eligible to collect compensation in a similar manner. Under the Doctrine of Unseaworthiness, ship owners are required to equip and maintain their vessels. If these standards are not met, they may be liable for injuries that occur to crew members. In addition, the law of “maintenance and cure” mandates that employers cover the expenses of injured crew members.