Maine’s maritime and port industries provide thousands of jobs to citizens across the state. Ferries, commercial fishing vessels, and large freight ships are constantly dropping anchor in harbors along the coast. Passenger cruise ships also play a major role in Maine’s economy.
With attorneys trusted to handle cases on behalf of El Faro victims, Berman & Simmons has the resources and experience to handle challenging maritime cases. Under the Jones Act, any person working on a navigable ship away from port is protected. Owners of vessels can be held liable if their vessel is deemed unsafe, underequipped, or understaffed at the time of an incident. International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) and other international regulations are designed to protect cruise ship passengers.
The maritime injury attorneys at Berman & Simmons understand the difficulties that come with working offshore and the safety regulations. We are experts in laws that protect seamen and realize that many offshore injuries and deaths could be prevented with proper care of vessels and their equipment. We also understand the laws associated with cruise ships departing from a U.S. port and special maritime jurisdiction affecting passenger safety.