Charleston, SC Maritime Injuries
The ocean is vast and powerful, and it presents a unique set of hazards that can lead to serious personal injury or even death. It’s important to understand your options should you experience an accident on the open water. If you’ve been injured, a maritime injury lawyer may be able to help you seek justice and compensation. Contact Bowen Painter Trial Lawyers to schedule a free consultation.
Why Hire Bowen Painter For Your Maritime Injury Case?
If you are in the unfortunate situation of being injured in maritime work, you need a lawyer who knows how to navigate both state and federal maritime law. That’s where Bowen Painter comes in.
- We have decades of experience representing clients in these types of cases and understand the complexities involved.
- We understand that dealing with an injury can be difficult enough without having to worry about attorney fees. That’s why we operate on a contingency fee basis—you don’t pay us unless we win your case and you get paid.
- We take the time to listen carefully to each client’s story so that we can put together the best possible argument for their case. Throughout the process, we remain available for updates and questions so that our clients always feel informed about what is going on with their case.
Why You Need a Maritime Lawyer
If you have been injured due to someone’s negligence while out on the open waters, a maritime attorney can provide invaluable legal representation and advice in seeking compensation for your damages—both economic (e.g., medical bills) and non-economic (e.g., pain and suffering).
In addition to providing legal counsel throughout the claims process, your lawyer will be able to negotiate with insurance companies to secure adequate compensation for your losses.
If your case goes to trial due to an inability to settle with an insurance company before litigation, your lawyer will represent you during any court proceedings.
Cases a Maritime Lawyer Handles
Maritime attorneys handle a variety of cases related to accidents that occur at sea or on other bodies of water. Common cases handled by these lawyers include crewmember injuries resulting from ship collisions or accidents caused by inadequate safety measures onboard ships, passenger injuries resulting from cruise ship accidents, and recreational boating-related injuries caused by operator negligence or defective equipment.
Employers Must Provide Seaworthy Vessels
Unseaworthiness is an important concept for anyone involved in maritime work to understand. Unseaworthiness is distinct from negligence and implies that a vessel’s owner is responsible for providing employees with a safe, suitable environment to work in. If they don’t and a worker is injured, the worker can seek compensation.
Under maritime law, “A vessel is unseaworthy if the vessel, or any of its parts or equipment, is not reasonably fit for its intended purpose [or if its crew is not reasonably adequate or competent to perform the work assigned]…
However, the owner of the vessel is not required to furnish an accident-free ship. A vessel owner is not called on to have the best parts and equipment, or the finest of crews, but is required to have what is reasonably proper and suitable for its intended use, and a crew that is reasonably competent and adequate.”
Contact Bowen Painter Trial Lawyers For Your Maritime Injury Case
When accidents happen on navigable waters—whether it involves recreational boats or commercial vessels—maritime laws typically govern. Unless you have in-depth knowledge of these laws, it’s crucial to hire a lawyer who can help. The attorneys at Bowen Painter Trial Lawyers are here for you. Contact us today to schedule a free consultation.