Injuries and deaths on and around the water involve some of the most complicated federal laws in our entire legal system. If you need a maritime, boating, or barge accident lawyer, Elissa M. Coombs with the Law Office of David E. Gordon has the maritime expertise that will make the difference in your case. We take these kinds of cases on a contingency basis, which means we don’t get paid unless you get paid, and you risk nothing for a free case evaluation.
Many maritime incidents involve river-based crew members who were hurt on the job, but there are also thousands of recreational injuries across the country every year. If you have been injured, or if your loved one has been injured or killed in a commercial or recreational boating accident, it is crucial that you find the right legal support to fight for your fair compensation. Our specialization in this area includes:
- Jones Act Cases (River Crew Members’ Injuries and Deaths)
- Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act Cases (Dock Workers’ Injuries and Deaths)
- Recreational/Pleasure Boating Injuries and Deaths (Marine torts)
- Cruise Ship Passengers’ and Crew Members’ Injuries and Deaths
Because maritime cases involve federal law, we can take on cases across the country. This includes maritime accident cases from major rivers with significant commercial and recreational traffic such as the:
- Mississippi River
- Ohio River
- Tennessee River
- Arkansas River
- All western rivers
- And more
Jones Act Litigation: Designed to Protect Maritime Crew Members
The Jones Act is a long-standing and complex federal statute that helps protect maritime crew members who have been sick or injured on a vessel (even if it is docked) because of employer negligence. Because maritime employees do not receive workers’ compensation, the Jones Act is a legal means of ensuring that you or your loved one are fairly compensated when employer negligence leads to sickness, injury of any kind, or death.
A crew member who is injured or becomes ill during his trip on the boat is also entitled to maintenance and cure while he or she is off the boat, until MMI (maximum medical improvement) is reached. Maintenance is a daily rate designed to make up for lodging and meals that would have been provided on the boat if the injury or illness had not occurred. Cure is your medical treatment. Maintenance and cure is almost always owed for injuries and illnesses that happen during your trip, and if they are not paid, you may be entitled to punitive damages.
Navigating the complexity of the Jones Act is not something most attorneys are equipped to do. There are a relatively small number of law firms in the U.S. that specialize in Jones Act cases. The legal team at the Law Office of David E. Gordon has the Jones Act expertise you need to seek compensation confidently.
Longshore Act Cases: Helping Dock and Boat Construction Workers
Cases covered by the Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act can be similar to Jones Act litigation. The Longshore Act is another federal statute designed to protect maritime workers who work shoreside and are injured or killed because of the negligence of a vessel owner.
The Longshore Act provides protection and benefits to maritime workers employed on or near navigable waterways in the U.S. involved in the construction of a vessel or loading and unloading of vessels. Many employees working on or close to piers, docks, and other facilities can be covered by the Longshore Act. As with most claims, some specific procedures and timeframes are essential in filing a claim after an injury or problem is discovered. It is crucial to have competent legal help regardless of whether you have followed standard protocol in filing a report or not.
Recreational/Pleasure Boating (Marine torts)
Maritime laws protect not only the men and women working on U.S. waterways but also anyone who has been injured by another party on a body of water. Often state regulations set limits regarding the damages injured parties may receive in personal injury cases. Maritime law is a federal matter and can often supersede any state caps or restrictions regarding compensation.
A knowledgeable maritime injury attorney will understand both the best course of action for your case and how to navigate the complexities of filing in state or federal courts. The team at the Law Office of David E. Gordon has the proven experience you need for your legal representation.
A Maritime Injury Attorney to Fight For You
Elissa M. Coombs leads the maritime litigation team at the Law Office of David E. Gordon. Coombs has more than 17 years of experience as a defense attorney specializing in boating, barge, and maritime accident cases. Attorneys with her degree of expertise and working knowledge of how insurance companies typically handle cases like yours are rare.
Coombs holds an elite recognition through her certification as a Proctor of Admiralty by the Maritime Law Association of the United States. Elissa is also an adjunct professor and teaches a course in maritime law to second and third-year law students at the University of Memphis School of Law.
Along with an experienced personal injury support team, Elissa is well-equipped to give you strong representation in court and work for your compensation. Take the next step to ensuring you and your family are protected and provided for after your accident or injury. Use our convenient online form to contact us for a free evaluation of your case today.