Jones Act Seaman Longshoreman’s Claims
If you are employed to work on a vessel in navigation, and suffer personal injury during your employment, you have rights against your employer and the vessel owner, whether based on the Jones Act, the Warranty of Seaworthiness, or for maintenance and cure. These legal issues that concern ships or boats (called vessels) or which occur on navigable waters, are governed by the special rules of maritime or marine law, called Admiralty Law. Admiralty lawyer Edward Petkevis has been practicing Admiralty Law since 1986, first in New Orleans regarding offshore drilling issues in the Gulf, then in Chicago representing shipowners and their insurer’s defending personal injury claims. In 1995, with the founding of DeepWater Law Firm, the focus of the practice shifted from corporations and insurance companies, to representing individuals who suffered personal injury in need of his services. Whether a blue water sailor, a bargeman, a commercial fisherman, or a mate on a charter fishing boat, these individuals are all seaman and are governed by the special area of admiralty law called the Jones Act. Also, seaman are entitled to a warranty of seaworthiness concerning their vessel. If injured due to an unseaworthy vessel, we will recover for you the full extent of your damages.
Individuals engaged in loading or unloading ships, or engaged in vessel repair, are longshoreman, entitled to the protections of the Longshore and Harbor Workers Compensation Act. If the longshore worker sustained a personal injury due to the negligence of a vessel, the Longshore workers may maintain a 33 USC 905b claim.
Lawyer Edward R. Petkevis holds an advanced degree (LLM) in admiralty and maritime law from Tulane Law School. Tulane’s Admiralty Law LL.M., is a degree beyond that which most lawyer’s possess. Tulane is the only major maritime law program in the United States. Most other admiralty law programs are taught in Europe and Britain, including those at Southampton, Lund, Nottingham, Bristol, and Swansea, and the specialized institutes of at the University of Oslo and the International Maritime Law Institute in Malta. Ed Petkevis is licensed in every major maritime jurisdiction, including Florida, New Jersey, Louisiana, Pennsylvania and Illinois and the federal courts of New York.
DeepWater Law Firm was founded in 1995 and continues to provide dedicated, aggressive and responsive legal representation to those who have been injured while aboard ships and vessels, either as seaman, longshoreman, or passengers. Call our nationwide toll-free number at 1-800-834-9892 for your no-obligation telephone consultation. You may also contact us online, and we will be in touch with you promptly.
DeepWater Law Firm is located in Roebling, New Jersey. We represent clients throughout NJ and the United States from cities such as Baltimore, New York, Philadelphia, Barnegat, Miami, Fort Lauderdale, New York City, Barnegat Light, Manasquan, Bayonne, Cape May, Atlantic City, Egg Harbor, Point Pleasant, Camden and Wilmington and nationwide in the areas of Admiralty and Maritime Law.
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