Admiralty & Maritime Claims Attorney
Professional Representation in a Broad Range of Maritime Claims
Most legal issues that occur on land can also occur on the water, whether on a boat or an oil rig. Crimes, employment disputes, work accidents, personal injuries, and more can all happen just about anywhere on the planet. Yet, different laws apply to matters when they occur on the water as opposed to on land, which can involve unique legal rules and procedures most people are unfamiliar with. The law that applies to your case might even be different depending on whether your injury occurred on a floating rig or fixed drilling platform, for example. For this reason, when faced with a legal issue where admiralty and maritime law applies, you should consult an attorney familiar with these such laws rather than turning to a typical civil attorney.
At Fairfax legal practice Rothermel Law Firm, PLC, Charles Rothermel has extensive experience in Louisiana admiralty and maritime claims. Having attended law school at Tulane University where he focused much of his time studying and writing about maritime law, he has successfully handled a number of such cases over the last decade. If you have been injured, a loved one has died, or your business requires civil litigation representation regarding a matter that occurred while on a body of water, Charles possesses the knowledge and skills necessary to assist with your admiralty and maritime claim.
What is Admiralty Law?
Admiralty law, which is also called maritime law, is composed of a combination of national and international law regarding contracts, injuries, offenses, and torts that take place on navigable waters. While maritime law traditionally focused on oceanic issues, today it has expanded to cover any public body of water, including rivers and lakes. These laws cover conflicts between two or more ships or a ship captain and their crew and/or passengers as well as the rights of offshore workers and crew members.
Our admiralty and maritime attorney represents clients in a variety of disputes involving:
- Cargo loss and damage
- Drilling rig accidents
- Personal injury claims
- Pipeline spills
- Ship and barge collisions
- Sunken barges
- The Jones Act
- Vessel liens
- Workers’ compensation (LHWCA)
Maritime Laws that May Apply to Your Case
Maritime law can be confusing, especially because it exists somewhat outside of normal legal jurisdictions. Fortunately, many state, federal, and local laws address these issues. It’s important to understand which law best applies to your claim in order to craft the best argument on your behalf. Charles Rothermel can help with this.
Admiralty and maritime laws that may affect your claim include:
- The Jones Act: This is a federal law that allows people who work on vessels to file a lawsuit against an offshore employer for injuries caused by the negligence of the employer or colleague. Under this law, employers of injured workers must pay for the latter’s accident-related losses. Also known as the Merchant Marine Act of 1920, pursuing a Jones Act claim can be complicated, so we highly recommend consulting with a lawyer if you believe you have a claim.
- Longshore and Harbor Workers' Compensation Act (LHWCA): The LHWCA is a federal law that offers payment for medical care and vocational rehabilitation services to employees disabled from on-the-job injuries. These injuries must occur on navigable waters of the United States or on those in adjacent areas. The LHWCA provides medical and disability benefits to injured workers involved. The law also provides death benefits to surviving family members of a worker who was killed in a job-related accident.
- The Death on the High Seas Act (DOHSA): This law allows for the surviving family members of a crew, cruise ship employees, passengers, and other individuals who are killed while working or traveling in international waters to file a wrongful death claim.
State and local laws may apply to your case as well. If you’d like to discuss your options, please feel free to reach out for a free case evaluation.
Boating Accident Claims
From Carnival cruise ships to swamp and riverboat tours, boating is a common practice for workers and enthusiasts alike throughout Southern Louisiana. As a major fishing, shipping, transportation, and recreational hub, it’s no wonder the state sees roughly 100 boating accidents and approximately 20 fatalities each year according to the United States Coast Guard.
We can assist whether you or a loved one was injured on a:
- Cruise ship
- Fishing vessel
- Jet ski
- Tour boat
- And more
Call Rothermel Law Firm, PLC Now!
While our practice is located in Virginia, Charles studied law in New Orleans and is licensed to practice in the state of Louisiana. Home to numerous waterways like Lake Pontchartrain and the Gulf of Mexico, Louisiana is a hub of maritime activity such as shipping, fishing, and transportation. The maritime industry is a critical component of the economy in Louisiana, employing thousands. Sadly, when maritime accidents do occur, they frequently result in serious personal injuries and even fatalities.
Charles is adept at handling all types of admiralty and maritime claims. As a member of the Tulane Maritime Law Journal while studying at the Tulane School of Law, his research on vicarious liability in maritime personal injury cases was published in 2011. He also worked at a New Orleans law firm after graduating and has handled numerous maritime-related claims over the years.
If you have a maritime legal issue, contact our admiralty and maritime lawyer immediately to preserve your rights and explore your legal options. Call (703) 215-3117 or write to us online for your free consultation.