What is admiralty law?
What is admiralty law? The admiralty law is the law that applies to you when you enter navigable waters. Particularly in the United States, navigable waters are not just limited to the high seas but can also include rivers and canals.
This is because of the commerce that takes place on our inland waters. If you work offshore or you work on boats, you are subject to certain perils. This is mainly because you’re working over the water. When you file a lawsuit in admiralty, you sit in an admiralty court.
Who does admiralty law apply to?
Admiralty law usually applies to interactions between ships, the captain’s obligations to the crew, and the rights of the crew and the passengers. It even applies to maritime activities not involved in commerce, like recreation activities. Common law does not act as binding precedent on admiralty courts, but it and other law may be used when no law on point is available.
Admiralty cases are not for every lawyer. Not every lawyer knows that you’ve got to be in a federal court system handling an admiralty case. Some offenses are addressed differently by admiralty law than they are on land. As a result, it’s vital that you find and work with an attorney who is well versed in admiralty law.
Maritime cases also often involve a number of international laws and statutes. As a result, lawyers who specialize in maritime and admiralty law are more knowledgeable on the specifics of offenses committed while at sea.
If you are hurt in any way or form on navigable waters, you need to work with an experienced attorney. Whether it was in the state of Louisiana or offshore, we know what it takes.
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