If you have suffered an injury while at sea, it is important to realize that a different set of laws, specifically referred to as maritime or admiralty laws, may apply in your situation.
Maritime and Admiralty Laws
The open sea is not within the jurisdiction of any particular country. Therefore, a United States citizen from Oklahoma who gets injured on a cruise ship that is registered in Norway cruising in the Greek Isles will not be able to use Oklahoma law when suing for recovery from a personal injury.
By international agreement, countries—not states—have jurisdiction over waters 20 nautical miles from their shores; beyond that, the waters are “international” in character. Consequently, a separate body of law has developed, called admiralty law or maritime law, that governs virtually all matters dealing with navigation and shipping, both commercial and recreational. The law that applies in a given circumstance—both as to where case may be brought or what particular laws will apply—may depend upon international treaties, where the incident occurred, where the ship is registered, and any contractual agreement that applies between the injured party and the ship operator.
For workers involved in maritime industries, some of the laws that may apply include:
Types of Maritime and Admiralty Injuries
If You Have Suffered a Maritime or Admiralty Injury, Contact Us
If you have been injured at sea, contact the personal injury lawyers at the Finch Davis Law Firm. Our firm has experience providing representation to Louisiana residents injured or harmed in accidents occurring at sea, whether the victims are crew members, fishermen, tourists, or others. We can be reached by telephone toll free at 888-443-1766 or locally in Baton Rouge at 225-925-9368, or by clicking here, to set up your free confidential consultation.