Have you suffered from a serious maritime accident, boating accident or other personal injury?
Then you need a maritime law firm.
Pittsburgh admiralty lawyers, Moschetta Law, work hard to secure maximum awards and settlements for you and your family. We understand that living with a personal injury can be difficult. Therefore, our goal is to do everything possible to relieve you and your family’s financial burden. We shoulder the burden so you can focus on making a physical, mental and emotional recovery.
PA Maritime & Admiralty Law
Jones Act for Injured Maritime Workers
If you are a member of a crew of a vessel and are injured while working on the vessel (or even if you’re injured on shore), you are covered by a federal law known as the Jones Act. The Jones Act was passed by Congress in 1920 in order to protect maritime workers and seamen. It provides members of the crew the right to sue their employer if injury or hurt on the job due to the negligence of either the ship owner or another crew member or if injured because of some unseaworthy condition on the ship. Injured seamen are entitled to damages under the General Maritime Law of the United States, including maintenance and cure.
Injuries to Longshore or Harbor Workers
The Longshore & Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act provides compensation and medical benefits to injured maritime workers who are not covered by the Jones Act (ie. seamen). Specifically, it protects workers injured or killed on navigable waters or any adjoining pier, wharf, dry dock, terminal, building way, marine railway or other adjoining area customarily used by an employer in loading, unloading, repairing or building a vessel. Injured Longshore or Harbor workers are entitled to benefits including, weekly compensation at a rate of 2/3 of their average weekly wage while totally disabled, partial disability benefits if he doesn’t fully recover from your injury, medical treatment, rehabilitation services, specific loss benefits including money for hearing loss and funeral expenses.
Barge Accidents & Tow Injuries
Have you been the victim of a Towboat and Barge Accident? Moschetta Law provides legal advice to those injured at sea working on barges and towboats. Most, if not all injuries on barges and towboats are preventable. Unfortunately, safety standards and regulations are not always adhered to which makes the risk of injury much greater. In other instances, the captain is under pressure to “hurry up” to the next destination, and takes shortcuts or doesn’t maintain good communication with the crew.
Cruise Ship Accidents & Injuries
Our law firm represents injured passengers and crew members against the cruise lines and owners. If you were assaulted by a crew member or another passenger, suffered food poisoning, sexual battery, slip and falls or injured on excursions, you may be entitled to compensation from the cruise line. However, most cruise lines such as Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines, Carnival Corporation, Carnival Cruise Lines, Celebrity Cruise Lines and Norwegian Cruise Lines include provisions in the contract/ticket with passengers that a lawsuit within one (1) year of the injury and in a specific court in a specific state.
Injured cruise ship passengers may be entitled to compensation for medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering.
Claims for injury and death by passengers are covered by the General Maritime Law of the United States, not the Jones Act (which applies to injured crew members only). Consumer protection and other laws may be implicated in your case. It is therefore imperative to have experience admiralty lawyers to protect your legal rights if you are injured while on a cruise ship.
Recreational Boating Accident Lawyers
According to the U.S. Coast Guard, there were 5,191 boating or jet-ski accidents resulting in 685 fatalities, 3,673 injuries and $53,106,496 in property damage in 2007. Most recreational boating accidents involve a collision with another vessel or collision with a fixed object. The primary cause of these accidents is typically operator inattention, careless operation of the boat (excessive speed), failure to maintain a proper lookout and alcohol use. In some instances, boating accidents are caused by a manufacturing or design defect. Other times, a pleasure boat may be struck by a commercial vessel such as a towboat pushing barges. If you were injured in a recreational boating accident, you should complete a U.S. Coast Guard Boating Accident Report Form (CG 3865) and contact an experienced maritime attorney at The Moschetta Law Firm, P.C. immediately to protect your rights.