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Numerous injuries occur in Maine’s coastal waters every year. Workers involved in maritime accidents include harbor workers, seamen, fisherman, and oil rig workers. Injuries that occur on the water are often controlled by different laws than other accident cases. Maritime law, often called admiralty law, is a set of legal rules and practices governing the business of employment and transportation of people and goods over or near navigable waters.

At Skelton, Taintor & Abbott, we understand maritime law and represent clients who have been injured in all types of offshore and harbor accidents. Contact our office to schedule a consultation by calling (800) 639-7026 or contacting us online. We can help you understand your options for financial recovery.

Working on a ship or other vessel can be a dangerous occupation. Workers are at risk for any number of injuries, from slip and falls to serious head or spine injuries. Some of the most common causes of injuries include:

  • Unseaworthy vessels;
  • Defective equipment;
  • Sinking and collision;
  • Failure of shipping company to obey International Safety Management regulations;
  • Poorly maintained safety equipment;
  • Untrained staff;
  • Inadequate safety procedures;
  • Careless operation of hatches and valves;
  • Crewmembers' failure to follow safety procedures.

Compensation for workers who are injured in a maritime setting is governed by a complex set of overlapping regulations and statutes, including the Merchant Marine Act of 1920, also known as the Jones Act. A federal law, the Jones Act is specifically responsible for regulating maritime commerce both within U.S. waters and between U.S. ports. It was created to encourage employers to keep the working conditions on their vessels as safe as possible. The Jones Act gives injured seamen the right to sue their employer for damages in a personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit, instead of settling only for workers' compensation.

If you or a family member is injured on a shipping vessel, it’s critical that you secure a qualified maritime attorney. You need someone on your side who can represent you and protect your best interests. At Skelton, Taintor & Abbott, we aggressively represent those injured at sea and our goal is to obtain maximum compensation for your injuries. Since 1853, we have been an integral part of Maine, building strong relationships and contributing to the communities we serve. We fight to protect the rights of injured people and their families.

Skelton, Taintor & Abbott has a record of success and we energetically work to achieve results for our clients. In addition to cases handled in the Lewiston-Auburn area, we are prepared to handle negligence claims on behalf of clients in Portland, Biddeford, Bangor, Augusta, Waterville, Rockland, and other Maine communities. We would like to meet with you to discuss your case. Please call us at (800) 639-7026 or contact us online.