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Maritime FAQ

Maritime Law FAQ

What if my vessel or employing company has a different nationality from my own?

Maritime law is often complex due to the differing nationalities of vessels, crews, companies and locations of incidents. Various laws across different countries create unique opportunities and difficulties to recovery. With numerous possibilities, filing the case in the most advantageous court allows for the best chance at recovery. Doyle LLP Trial Lawyers has years of experience and skill maneuvering through various webs of international law to work towards the path to recovery for maritime cases. We can counsel you through every step of a claim and use our experience to seek a successful recovery. In international cases, we work frequently with local counsel to give you added experience in the courts we pursue. If you are an injured maritime worker and concerned with how to proceed with your claim, let us guide you down the correct path. We are dedicated to determining the best avenue and legal system for your case.

What if I am a passenger injured on a cruise ship?

Passengers on cruise ships or on holiday expect to have fun and relax. But, the waterways of the world still pose danger for injuries and even death. Cruise ship passengers possess legal protections for reasonable safety standards and their well-being. Passengers can hold operators liable if the injuries are caused by negligence or willful actions regardless of fault or intent. Even if the operator registers their ship in countries with lax regulations, an experienced attorney may be able to hold them liable for their actions. We have experience in courts across the globe and frequently work with local counsel to provide you incredible expertise. With our experience in international maritime law, Doyle LLP can provide you guidance in choosing the correct court and best chance at recovery when injured away from home.

What rights do offshore oil/gas rig workers have?

Offshore oil and gas rig workers complete demanding work daily in hazardous situations. The potential for accidents leading to injuries or illness necessitates protections similar to other maritime employees. Employers are required to ensure the rigs are always safe and secure.  Rig workers benefit from protections given under the Jones Act or Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act. Compensation is designed to cover injuries suffered while working on rigs. The Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act provides compensation for workers injured on fixed installations offshore. The Jones Act provides compensation for workers injured on floating vessels. Both work to aid workers recover from their injuries and maintain financial stability. Rig operators must ensure quick and quality medical aid for injuries suffered. Delaying medical care could lead to further issues in the future which the operator can be held responsible for. Once a worker establishes an injury occurs on the job, the employer or insurer should pay the claim unless it has a valid reason not to.

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