Merchant seaman missed window of opportunity to file a personal injury lawsuit

Edward Arthur worked as a merchant seaman when he sustained injuries on four different ships. He sued his employers, Maersk, Inc., and Dyn Marine Services of Virginia Inc., for negligence under the Jones Act, also referred to as the Merchant Marine Act of 1920. Later, Arthur realized that these companies operated as agents of the United States Navy, with the United States being the only proper defendant in the lawsuit. Arthur was granted leave to file an amended complaint, naming the United States as the responsible party

An overview of U.S. maritime law

Accidents can happen anywhere, including on the high seas. Whether an incident affects persons or cargo, admiralty law helps determine who is responsible. Admiralty law, also known as maritime law, governs navigation and shipping, and may cover incidents involving cruise ships, commerce, and even ship hijacking and piracy. Just because a vessel is involved, however, [...]

Just what are a boat captain’s responsibility toward passengers?

The rules for the waterways in South Florida are different than the rules of the road for driving. Under international maritime law, a boat captain of any size vessel on the ocean or inland waterways has ultimate responsibilty for protecting passengers from injury. Captain's legal responsibility We have all heard legendary tales of sea captains remaining at [...]