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Admiralty and maritime law casts a wide net

Admiralty and maritime law is an area of law that many people may think can be easy generalized. "Oh, that's just about boats, right?" While this is technically correct, it leaves out a host of other legal issues that fall under admiralty and maritime law.

To begin, let's address that generalization: yes, admiralty and maritime law addresses boat accidents. This includes cruise ship accidents, recreational boating accidents, and even competitive boating accident. Yachts and oil rigs fall into this category too. People can suffer injuries on the deck of these ships through negligence of crew members or because of the negligence of the boat owner. Crew members themselves can be the victim of negligence. And if a boat is involved in an accident, then the legal ramifications speak for themselves.

But there are other, less obvious matters that are covered under admiralty and maritime law. For example, what about diving accidents? What about employees working at a ship yard and suffering a career-ending injury? What about vessels that have been properly maintained or are "unseaworthy" under the Jones Act? What about head injuries and back injuries that may result from improper training or reckless operation of equipment?

These are all important issues that affect the lives of many people everyday. People who work on ships, on oil rigs and in shipyards can suffer career-ending, catastrophic or otherwise life-changing (or even life-taking) injuries. Under admiralty and maritime law, they have rights and a legally-grounded basis to address the unfortunate event they were involved with.

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