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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 or near the water, contact Maritime Attorney Richard Serpe to discuss your rights.
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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
Among the most dangerous kinds of accidents maritime workers face is the line handling accident. These kinds of incidents occur when workers stand near pinch points, spots where lines meet fixed objects. Loose gloves and clothing often get caught in pinch points. Though not many details have been released, it appears a New York tugboat Continue Reading →
A shipyard worker had to be rescued after a fall in Chesapeake last week. Reports say that the Chespeake Fire Department was on site at the Elizabeth River Terminals February 15, 2017. They received a call about an employee there who had taken a spill and injured their leg. They discovered the worker had been Continue Reading →
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 →