Maritime Law: 43 Years After the Edmund Fitzgerald
On November 10, 1975; the SS Edmund Fitzgerald sank below the waters of Lake Superior in a terrible gale. After years carrying ore from mines to iron works, the ship went down with all 29 crew members aboard. The ship was—at the time of its launch in 1958—the largest ship on the Great Lakes. To this day, it is still the largest to have sunk there. Since that tragic day; the Edmund Fitzgerald has been memorialized in exhibits, remembered in plays, and immortalized in song.
The Job Has Never Been Easy
The maritime field—be it building the ships, sailing the waters, or working the ports—is no easier now than it was then. The work is hard. The hours are long. The separation from family is trying. At the end of the day, the job is still dangerous.
What has changed are the laws. Today, there are protections in place for maritime workers—protections that were not available in 1975. These include the Jones Act, the Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act (LHWCA), and other maritime laws. These laws exist to provide maritime workers with protections in the event of an accident. There are several common factors that can contribute to a maritime accident. These include:
- Improper Maintenance
- Equipment Failure
- Human Error
- Collisions at Sea
Making a Claim
Accident claims involving maritime law are complex—and pursuing justice is difficult. Representing those who have been injured on cargo vessels, oil rigs, barges, and ferries requires experience with the intricacies of maritime law. If you have been hurt in an accident, seek medical attention for your injuries immediately.
After treatment, you will face questions regarding how to pay your medical bills—and how to hold the responsible party accountable for their negligence. The experienced lawyers at Gauthier Amedee can answer any questions you may have pertaining to your maritime accident claim.
We Can Help
If you or a loved one has been injured in a maritime accident through no fault of your own, call the Maritime Accident Attorneys at Gauthier Amedee at (225) 647-1700. When you call, you will speak with an experienced maritime accident lawyer for FREE.
At Gauthier Amedee, you never have to pay any attorney’s fee up front. In fact, we only get paid after you do. And if there is no recovery, there is no attorney’s fee. It’s that simple.
Call our experienced Louisiana maritime accident lawyers. Our legal team will examine every detail of your case and provide the experienced, compassionate and dedicated representation you need to secure the maximum compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more. We’re here to work hard for you and to make sure that your rights are fully protected.