Mississippi Maritime Lawyers
It can be hard to find lawyers with the right qualifications and education in maritime law to take on your case. The good news is that the Mississippi maritime attorneys at Richard Schwartz & Associates, P.A. have 35+ years of experience helping clients navigate complex legal matters related to maritime cases. They are a family with various sea-based industries, as well as the maritime laws that control businesses and their employees.
When you have been injured in a maritime accident or on-land (harbor), you want to make sure you have someone at your side who understands this special category of law and how it affects your case. Dealing with overwhelming medical expenses is enough stress, let the team at Richard Schwartz & Associates, P.A. help you figure out the rest. We work to determine who is responsible for an accident and how they will cover costs from medical expenses and lost future income, all while ensuring our client's best interests are safeguarded.
Get started with a free initial consultation. Call our firm at (601) 869-0696.
What Is Maritime Law?
Maritime law and Admiralty law apply to events that occur on or near navigable waters, including oceans, large lakes, and rivers that can be used for commercial shipping. They are divided into territorial waters and high seas.
The rules of these laws can be very complicated and maritime accidents are treated differently that those onshore. Finding out who is responsible and how much money is being paid can affect the outcome. If you have been injured, contracted a disease or a loved one has died as a result of working on or near the water, you need a lawyer who thoroughly understands these cases to handle your case.
Is Admiralty Law the Same?
Admiralty law or maritime law both govern navigation and shipping.
Areas that may fall under this law include:
- Wharfs, piers, and docks
Maritime Law Information
With the complexity of admiralty laws that depend on where the accident occurred and the type of rig or ship you are on, it is important to have as much maritime law information as possible when navigating your case. A thorough knowledge of maritime law ensures that you get all of the compensation you need to move forward.
Consider how important it is that you are in good health and are able to work under the demanding and hazardous conditions of ships, barges, oil rigs, and other maritime workplaces. With these types of jobs, almost any kind of injury can occur, including hearing loss or contraction of disease that may not be immediately apparent. If your injuries are serious, you may never be able to work again.
There are two laws that are relevant are important for maritime accidents and on-land (harbor) injuries:
- The Jones Act
- Longshore and Harbor Workers Compensation Act
These laws are in place to ensure that those who are involved in maritime accidents and those on-land (harbor) receive money for medical expenses and lost wages.
The Jones Act in Mississippi
The Jones Act is a sub-section of the 1920 Merchant Marine Act that deals with coastal shipping and guarantees the rights of the sailors and other employees of vessels or rigs that operate in those waters. This is a complicated area of law and requires a lawyer with the experience needed to pursue your claim.
As with any Federal Act, there are changes to the Act regularly. Attorneys must regularly educate themselves on the law, and it is important for you to hire the right injury attorney in Jackson. Richard Schwartz & Associates, P.A. has the experience you need to file your claim if you have been injured while working on a ship; you may even be covered while working on the docks.
Longshoremen’s Act vs. The Jones Act
Maritime law is the written set of legal rules that cover and protect injured maritime workers. The Jones Act and the Longshoremen’s Act are both classifications under this category of law.
The Longshoremen’s Act covers workers employed in occupations such as long shore workers or other people that are in alongshore operations, such as harbor workers, ship repairers, shipbuilders, and ship breakers. The Longshoremen’s Act also refers to rigs that are stationary, and do not move.
The Longshoreman’s Act is a lot like worker’s compensation: you get recovery for your loss wage capacity. In Jones’ Act, you get pain and suffering in addition to everything else. The distinction between the two acts can change your case significantly, but it is a difference that should be determined by an experienced maritime law attorney in Mississippi.
The Jones’ Act covers people that work on movable entities, such as certain rigs or a boat for example. In order to benefit from The Jones’ Act, the worker must be a seaman that is signed to that particular vehicle in navigable waters. When a worker spends at least 30% of their time serving on a Merchant Marine vessel, they can qualify for benefits under the Jones Act. These benefits can often be much higher than the benefits offered to regular workers on land, especially if a skilled lawyer is involved in the negotiations or litigation.
Can a Lawyer Help My Maritime Case?
The best way to determine whether you have a maritime case is to talk with an attorney who is knowledgeable in the legal rules associated with it. An injury lawyer is almost as vital to your recovery from an accident as the emergency and medical treatment. Without a lawyer who understands this type of law, things like cost of medical treatment and how long you are unable to work all affect the outcome of your case and how much money you can receive. Having an advocate at your side ensures that you are getting everything you are owed.
What you get with legal representation:
- A client services specialist responds to your call, email, or text
- We collect all necessary information and conduct a free case evaluation
- We submit your information to the attorney who is best suited to handle your situation
- The lawyers reviews this information and then becomes your Attorney of Record
- An investigator visits your home to conduct an interview, collect facts, photos, and other official documents related to your case
- Your case is then assigned a complete team: a lawyer, an adjuster, and paralegals/legal assistants
We represent workers who have been injured in an accident on crew boats, tankers, barges, freighters, tow and tug boats, supply boats, semi-submersibles, shrimp and fishing boats, trawlers, ferries and water taxis, riverboats, cruise ships, rigs, and more. Accidents cause enough stress. Let the Jackson maritime lawyers at Richard Schwartz and Associates assist you in your case.
Hurt on a Cruise Ship? You Need a Lawyer.
Being injured on a cruise ship is a complicated matter. Cruise lines put many barriers in place to making claims against injuries that occur on board. You need a skilled Jackson cruise ship injury lawyer that can navigate the complicated laws that these cases come with.
Before you go on a cruise, you should always read the fine print and make sure that you understand the rules that apply on board. If you are hurt while on the cruise, don’t sign any agreements before you reach out to our firm. While many accidents at sea are due to hazardous conditions if the cruise line is found responsible for the accident, it can strengthen your case.
Don't wait to get trusted legal counsel. Call Richard Schwartz & Associates, P.A. to discuss your maritime injury: (601) 869-0696.