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Navigating Maritime Accident Claims: Your Legal Guide to Boating and Ferry Incidents in NY and NJ

Navigating Maritime Accident Claims: Your Legal Guide to Boating and Ferry Incidents in NY and NJ

In a bustling region like New York and New Jersey, ferry boats are an integral part of the transportation system. But like any mode of transport, they’re not without risk. Accidents can happen, and when they do, you deserve justice and compensation for your suffering. Maritime accidents are complex, involving not just state laws but also specialized maritime regulations. With so much at stake, your choice of representation can make all the difference.

Common Carriers and the Heightened Standard of Care

Ferry companies serve as common carriers—entities that offer public transportation services—and are therefore held to a heightened standard of care to protect their passengers from harm. This rigorous standard is applicable to all types of public transportation. If a ferry company fails to meet this standard of care, they can be held accountable for any damages, injuries, or losses suffered by passengers.

This heightened standard can be a crucial element when establishing liability. Whether the negligence lies with the captain, the crew, or maintenance personnel, the high standard of care expected from a common carrier can bolster your case. So whether you experienced a slip-and-fall on a wet deck or the vessel itself was involved in a collision due to negligence, the standard of care comes into play to hold the responsible parties accountable.

Injuries Commonly Sustained in Maritime Accidents

Understanding the types of injuries you could potentially sustain in a maritime accident can help shape your legal strategy. Some of the most common injuries include:

  • Head Injuries: Accidents like collisions or falls can result in traumatic brain injuries or concussions.
  • Spinal Injuries: Falling objects or harsh vessel movements can lead to severe spinal injuries that may cause permanent disability.
  • Broken Bones: Slips, trips, and falls are common occurrences on ferries and can result in fractures or broken bones.
  • Burns and Scalds: Engine explosions or electrical issues can cause serious burns. 
  • Drowning: In the worst-case scenario, a maritime accident could result in someone falling overboard and drowning.

Navigating Maritime Laws: An Added Complexity

What makes ferry or boating accidents especially intricate is the introduction of maritime laws. These laws often limit the liability of the ship’s owners to the value of the vessel itself. In instances where multiple passengers are injured, this can pose a substantial challenge. Therefore, it becomes pivotal to work with a legal team well-versed in the complexities of maritime laws. These lawyers can identify the most effective strategies to counter the legal tactics typically employed by vessel owners to minimize their liability.

Statute of Limitations for Maritime Accidents

One crucial factor to consider when contemplating legal action for a maritime accident is the statute of limitations. Unlike other personal injury claims, maritime accidents have specific time constraints. You generally have a limited timeframe—often three years from the date of the accident—to file a claim. Missing this deadline could mean forfeiting your right to compensation, making it essential to act swiftly and consult legal counsel as soon as possible.

Why Choosing the Right Legal Team is Critical

Complex maritime accident cases require specialized knowledge and resources. It’s not just about knowing the law; it’s about having a network of experienced professionals to call upon for investigation and expert testimony. Your choice of law firm should ideally be one with a track record of successfully navigating these complex waters.

Contact Drazin & Warshaw Today For a Free Consultation About Your Maritime Accident Injury

For decades, Drazin and Warshaw, P.C. has been the go-to law firm for maritime accidents in New York and New Jersey. We’ve successfully countered attempts to avoid or limit liability in numerous cases involving high seas and port incidents. Our robust network includes both lawyers and seasoned specialists who can thoroughly investigate and prosecute your case, ensuring justice for those injured.

If you or a loved one are seeking advice following a ferry or boating accident, we’re here to help. Our initial consultations are always free, and we aim to provide you with a clear understanding of your rights and the best way forward. Contact us today to schedule a free consultation and take the first step towards getting the justice you deserve.

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