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What Types of Claims Fall Under Maritime Law?

Many people are often surprised to learn that injuries, crimes, and wrongful deaths that occur on cruise ships are not governed by the traditional laws of the US legal system. Instead, they are governed by a unique area of the law known as maritime law.

Maritime law—otherwise known as admiralty law—is a body of laws, conventions, and treaties governing international private businesses and matters that involve ships and crimes that occur on the open water.

Maritime and admiralty law is a highly specialized area of the law, and personal injury cases that fall under maritime law can be particularly complex. Because of this, the vast majority of personal injury claims must be handled by qualified maritime attorneys experienced with the

Why You Need a Maritime Lawyer in Your Cruise Ship Accident Case

If you’re injured on a cruise, it may seem pretty obvious to you that the cruise line should be held responsible. Maybe you fell from a balcony because of a loose railing, slipped because of a wet floor on a main walkway, or broke your arm on a shore excursion that was supposed to be “perfectly safe.” In fact, you might think that the connection is so obvious, that you won’t need legal assistance and can just represent yourself in court.

 

You might save some money by opting for self-representation, but you’re essentially sabotaging yourself as far as winning your case goes. Here’s why you need to work with an experienced maritime lawyer.

 

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