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Accidents at Sea Lawyers

Maritime Law Attorneys Representing Seamen Injured On Ocean Vessels

Several laws protect injured seamen as well as the families of those who have died while working on ocean-going vessels. At the Birmingham, Alabama, law firm of Johnstone Carroll, LLC, our attorneys handle cases involving crew members and other workers on ships at sea. We have in-depth knowledge of the Death on the High Seas Act, the Jones Act, and maritime law that applies in international waters.

How We Help

Our law firm helps clients injured at sea obtain compensation for their injuries, lost salary, medical expenses, and other damages. The specific compensation available depends on the individual circumstances. Our attorneys have the needed resources and experience to build strong cases for clients injured at sea.

The Cases We Handle

Our lawyers undertake injury and wrongful death claims arising from:

We know the different laws that apply to injuries sustained on ocean-going ships beyond the territorial waters of the United States. Even more important than our knowledge is our willingness to dig deep to determine the best possible strategy for each client.

The Jones Act And Injuries At Sea

The federal law known as the Jones Act covers many of the cases we handle. This law allows crew members and seamen to seek compensations for injuries arising from the negligence of a ship’s owner or the employer. Negligence can include failure to provide a seaworthy vessel, inadequate training, wrongful hiring of fellow crew members, defective safety, and operating equipment, and unsafe operational practices. Benefits can include:

  • Payments for medical expenses
  • Payments for the cost of daily living
  • Airfare back to the port of hire
  • Unearned wages for the duration of the contract

If we can prove that an employer was negligent, you have the right to file a lawsuit for additional benefits. For example, the amount paid for daily living expenses is very small and is certainly not enough to live on. A lawsuit could increase the amount. A lawsuit could also result in awards for pain and suffering, future wage payments past the end of the contract, retraining if working at sea is no longer possible, and future medical expenses. Our goal is to obtain the most compensation possible for each client in the specific circumstances.

Contact Our Maritime Accident Attorneys

With offices in Homewood, Alabama, lawyers F. Inge Johnstone and Matt Carroll help clients with claims arising from accidents at sea. Call our Birmingham-area law firm at 205-383-1809 or contact us by our online contact form to arrange a free initial consultation with our Birmingham attorneys.


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