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 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. Richard Serpe has the qualifications and experience to help these victims recover.

Wrongful Death

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.


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Maritime News & Info

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    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 →

  • 5 jet ski safety tips you need to know about

    Virignia Jet Ski Accident Lawyer - Richard Serpe

    If lying on the beach or wading in the water is too dull for you, chances are, you’re probably longing for a cruise on a jet ski. And why not? The personal watercraft is exciting, fun and easy for just about anyone to drive. Unfortunately, though, jet skis aren’t without their risks. Before you hop Continue Reading →

  • OBX jet ski accident kills one, injures two

    Virignia Jet Ski Accident Lawyer - Richard Serpe

    One person is dead and two more are injured following a jet ski collision in the Outer Banks. The incident is still being investigated, but early reports indicate that two jet skis collided, injuring and killing passengers. The July 10, 2016 accident occurred around 2 p.m. near Sunset Watersports in Duck, North Carolina. The person killed in Continue Reading →

  • Virginia Beach jet ski explosion highlights dangers

    Virignia Jet Ski Accident Lawyer - Richard Serpe

    Imagine starting up your family’s new jet ski, only to find yourself thrown 30 feet in the air. That’s the reality for one teenager, who thankfully survived a jet ski explosion in Virginia Beach earlier this week. He’d purchased the used Sea Doo just weeks earlier with money earned working at a local campground. The boy Continue Reading →

  • Boat, jet ski collision kills one on Smith Mt. Lake

    Virignia Jet Ski Accident Lawyer - Richard Serpe

    A fatal crash on Smith Mountain Lake has claimed the life of a teen girl. The accident occurred when 21 ft. fishing boat collided with a 10 ft. jet ski. The passenger on the jet ski was killed in the accident. The driver of the jet ski was injured and taken to the hospital with Continue Reading →

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    Boat Accident Lawyer - Richard Serpe

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