Maritime, Ocean, & Cruise Ship Claims

Serving residents of Baltimore, Washington, DC, Maryland, and Virginia

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If you have been injured in a maritime accident, the team of experienced attorneys with The Cochran Firm DC is prepared to do everything it takes to protect your rights.  Maritime and admiralty law is complex and it can take an experienced attorney to navigate the complexities.  Cases arising from large seafaring vessels, cruise ships, large boats, oil rigs and platforms, helicopters, and other offshore ships can become very complicated.

Our attorneys understand the laws applicable to maritime injuries and can seek the maximum possible compensation allowed by law for victims.

Types of Maritime Injury Claims

The maritime injury lawyers of The Cochran Firm have achieved a noteworthy track record of success by vigorously fighting for the rights of victims.  Our attorneys know how to successfully bring a wide variety of admiralty and maritime accident claims include:

  • Claims under the Jones Act
  • Cruise ship crashes and stranding
  • Claims under the Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act
  • On-shore injuries related to maritime accidents
  • Accidents on international waters
  • Claims under the Defense Base Act
  • 33 U.S.C.A. § 905(b) lawsuits
  • Death on the High Seas Act
  • The Federal Employers Liability Act
  • Deadly maritime accidents

Contact the Baltimore, Washington, DC, Maryland, and Virginia Maritime Injury Lawyers of The Cochran Firm DC for a Free Consultation

There are an infinite variety of different claims that may be raised due to maritime injuries but some of the more common accident claims include:

  • Class action and mass tort claims arising from cruise ship accidents
  • Dock worker and longshoremen hurt while inspecting ship cargo
  • Oil rig explosions
  • Ship accidents where a vessel is not in regulatory compliance
  • Injuries during fleeting operations
  • Collisions and other accidents during dredging operations

There are time limits and deadlines that apply to most maritime injury claims.  In order to preserve your claim, contact an experienced maritime injury lawyer with The Cochran Firm DC today and schedule a free initial consultation.

Frequently Asked Questions about Maritime Injuries

Can you help me win my maritime injury lawsuit?

If you are a seaman, dock worker, longshoreman, harbor employee, offshore oil rig, platform, or derrick worker, or other onshore maritime worker who was hurt due to another’s carelessness, recklessness, or due to an unsafe working environment, The Cochran Firm DC is fully prepared to help you and your family.  Our Washington, DC, Maryland, and Virginia maritime accident lawyers only represent injured victims and their families and never represent insurance companies, who often wish to minimize compensation paid to injured victims.

What is the Jones Act?

The Jones Act was created in 1920 to allow maritime workers to seek compensation for medical bills and living expenses when they were injured while working a maritime job.  If the injury was due to the negligence or wrongdoing of a ship’s captain, owner, or other fellow members of the crew, a maritime worker may make a claim under the Jones Act.  The Jones Act, which was enacted as part of the Merchant Marine Act, allows seaman to bring claims against a ship’s owner on theories of negligence and unseaworthiness.

What is the Defense Base Act?

In addition to federal and private civilian maritime activity, the United States military engages in maritime activity as well.  Workers who have been contracted by the military may be covered under the Defense Base Act.  The Defense Base Act, which was enacted in 1941, covers people employed at military bases overseas.  It provides compensation to defense contractors for medical care and other expenses.  There are many technical filing requirements and other case law that applies to the Defense Base Act.  In order to determine whether the Defense Base Act applies to your maritime injury claim, we recommend contacting a maritime accident lawyer with The Cochran Firm DC in order to receive a case analysis.

What is the Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act?

The Longshore and Harbor Workers Compensation Act covers maritime and dock workers, ship builders, ship repairers, and shipbreakers, and includes workers not covered under the Jones Act.  The Act, which was enacted in 1927, covers government contractors working in foreign countries and non-appropriated fund employees.  Workers who are covered by this act are often entitled to benefits to compensation for medical care and wages to workers who were injured while on navigable waters.  There are many exclusions that apply to the Act and a deep case law history as well.  In order to determine whether you are eligible for compensation under the Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act, schedule a free initial consultation with a maritime injury lawyer of The Cochran Firm DC today.

What is 33 U.S.C.A. § 905(b)?

In general, this section of the law provides injured longshoremen the power to recover damages against a shipowner based upon a showing of negligence.  There are many different types of negligence and The Cochran Firm DC attorneys are well versed in this complex area of maritime law.  The case law regarding Section 905(b) is long but the maritime accident lawyers of The Cochran Firm DC have the expertise to effectively research and prosecute a maritime injury victim’s claim.

Contact Our Experienced Maritime Injury Lawyers for a Free Case Evaluation

Our team of seasoned maritime injury lawyers are ready to help residents of MD, VA, DC, and Baltimore who have been injured in a maritime, sea, or ocean accident.  The Cochran Firm DC offers free no-obligation consultations and case evaluations.  Contact us today in order to schedule a no-cost, no-obligation appointment with our experienced maritime injury lawyers.

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