Admiralty lawyers, also called maritime lawyers, specialize in maritime law which pertains to matters, injuries and events on the navigable waterways and the vessels that travel on them.
Admiralty laws are typically determined by the law of the ship’s flag (known as the “flag state”). The flag state has regulatory and enforcement authority over the ship, and, as such, the ship is subject to the laws and regulations of that nation (for example, inspection, labor, safety and taxation laws). Additionally, if the ship is involved in an admiralty case, the flag state’s laws are applicable to the matter in dispute.
Sailors and injuries at sea are specifically addressed under the Jones Act, and an admiralty lawyer would be able to ensure requirements of fair process for injured sailors are met.
Admiralty lawyers can also assist with recreational boating issues as well as the increasing environmental issues surrounding wharves, piers and other aspects of cargo or boat relates seaworthiness or impacts.
Admiralty Super Lawyers are recognized by their professional achievements and by their peers, lawyers who specialize in maritime law.
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