Virginia Jones Act & Maritime Accident Lawyer – Injured On Or Near The Water?

Injuries on the Job

Anyone who has spent time earning a living on the ocean can tell you that it’s a dangerous business. The sheer unpredictability of the ocean can put even the most experienced of sailors or the strongest of ships at risk. These conditions demand competence and professionalism from all of the crew members of any seagoing vessel, whether it’s a cruise ship, cargo ship, fishing boattugboatbarge, etc. Anything less places lives at risk. While it is true that working on our oceans is inherently dangerous, that fact does not absolve the shipowner, captain or crew members from responsibility should one of their employees or fellow workers suffer an injury.

Sailors on sailboats and powerboats, and even
jet ski operators, are covered under the general maritime law.

Special regulations and rules, including Coast Guard regulations and the Limitation of Liability Act, can have an important impact on victims injured on pleasure boats. Maritime law is very different from general personal injury law. It is crucial to hire an attorney who understands maritime law. Richard Serpe has the qualifications and experience to help these victims recover.

Wrongful Death

If your loved one was killed in a maritime accident, you’re probably grief-stricken and wondering how you’ll shoulder medical bills, funeral costs – not to mention the loss of future income for your family. The emotional loss cannot be understated, either. The loss of companionship and affection is irreplaceable. Certain laws allow family members to bring a claim for the losses they have suffered from the death of a loved one.

Contact Maritime Attorney Richard Serpe

An experienced maritime lawyer can help you get the results, the settlement and the financial compensation you deserve for your long term care. Richard Serpe gained a Master’s Degree in maritime law from Tulane University School of Law. He has also been awarded the rank of Proctor (the highest rank available) from the Maritime Law Association of the United States.

Maritime News & Info

  • Second Man Dead in WA Mooring Line Accident

    A second person has died after an accident in the Port of Longview in Washington. This comes on the heels of the man’s colleague being killed in the same accident. Both men were struck by a mooring line that snapped on a bulk carrier vessel. It was being moved from one loading hatch to another Continue Reading →

  • Mooring Line Accident Kills One

    A longshoreman in Port of Longview, Washington was killed recently in an accident that may have been preventable. The 34-year-old was struck by a mooring line that was shifting during cargo operations. Three other maritime workers were also injured in the incident. Tragically, though, the longshoreman succumbed to his injuries at the scene. He is Continue Reading →

  • Operation Dry Water Kicks off June 29

    In an attempt to curb drunken boating, the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries will be out patrolling for law-breakers this weekend. Operation Dry Water will target boaters who are boozing while operating vessels of all sizes. The efforts are a local extension of a nationwide campaign to crack down on drunken boating. Virginia Continue Reading →

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