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Virginia Maritime & Jones Act Attorney Richard J. Serpe
Maritime 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 boat, tugboat, barge, 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. Richard Serpe has the qualifications and experience to help these victims recover.
As well, if your loved one or family member has been killed while on a maritime or high seas job, contact Maritime Attorney Richard Serpe to discuss your rights.
Get a Free Case Evaluation from An Experienced Maritime Attorney
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
A flash fire is to blame for the hospitalization of three shipyard workers. The incident occurred at the Colonna’s Shipyard in Norfolk around 4:30 in the afternoon last Saturday, October 29th. Fire and rescue workers received word that a fire had broke out in the engine room of a dry docked ship. When emergency personnel arrived Continue Reading →
The search is on for a missing 25-year-old man last seen tubing in Ocean View on Thursday, August 11. He and some friends were tubing on the Chesapeake Bay when a current pushed the man into the water. He was not wearing a life jacket at the time of the incident, but friends say he Continue Reading →
A 20 ft. recreational boat overturned yesterday on the York River. Two people, a woman and a girl just nine-years-old, were killed in the accident. The victims had been fishing with four other people when the boat capsized. The two were trapped under the boat and drowned. Both were wearing life jackets at the time Continue Reading →