Claims for Fatal Injuries
The law is particularly complex when fatal injuries are involved. Claim and recovery availability varies widely depending on a deceased person’s status as a seaman, maritime worker, passenger, or other classification, and on whether an injury occurred in territorial waters or on the high seas. State wrongful death statutes may apply, the Death on the High Seas Act may apply, or a general maritime wrongful death action may exist. Thus, it is important that you consult an experienced maritime attorney that can review specific facts and determine the types of claims and recoveries that may be available.