Maritime Injuries

Working near or on the water presents a particular set of hazards that are not prevalent in standard personal injury cases. The Law Office of Weltin, Streb & Weltin regularly represents injured seamen through the Jones Act, as well as longshoremen and other workers who are employed under maritime conditions. Sailors, welders, barge and crane operators, crewmen, tug workers, construction workers are all examples of workers who we have successfully represented.

We also represent passengers or crewmembers hurt on a cruise ships.  Passengers and crew can get hurt in a variety of ways, ranging from slip and falls on slippery decks, to food poisoning in the restaurant or assaults by the crew. Injuries can be fairly minor back strains to major injuries, even death.

If you or a loved one has been hurt on a ship, you should speak with an experienced maritime law firm as soon as you can. Your time is limited.

As experienced maritime lawyers, we handle ship injury cases whether they are under State, federal or international law and are well-versed in even the most difficult cases including Jones Act cases in the case of injured crewmembers.

Examples of injuries that passengers get on cruise liners:

  • Pool accidents or recreational accidents
  • Falling overboard
  • Food poisoning’
  • Illness or medical malpractice
  • Assault from another passenger or crew member
  • Falling while getting on or off the ship
  • And many other types of accidents, sometimes even when on shore.

 Your Cruise Liner Ticket is a contract

Your cruise ship ticket may contain contractual provisions that dictates how, when and where your case must be filed. This is a “contract of adhesion” because you have no bargaining power to change the terms of the contract. It’s a take-it-or-leave-it type of thing. You as the passenger have a duty to read and understand the terms of the contract.

Knowing the terms of the contract is very important and you should show that ticket to an experience cruise ship attorney as soon as possible to make sure that your legal rights are protected under its terms. It may limit the amount of time to file your claim and may require some type of notice to the cruise ship company that you’re planning to make a claim.

We won’t know exactly what you need to do, where you need to do it, and by what date, until we’ve had a chance to review the terms of the contract, so don’t delay in getting in contact with us.

Contact us.

We’ll listen to the details of your accident and let you know what your chances of recovery are. You may be entitled to recover for your physical injuries, pain and suffering, lost wages and more.

Often, maritime law produces a more substantial monetary recovery for the injury victim, and can offer other legal advantages. This being said, though, maritime is much more complex than standard personal injury law, and many attorneys do not have the proper experience with maritime cases. The attorneys at the Law office of Weltin, Streb & Weltin and their Oakland Maritime injury lawyers understand the additional options and potential remedies of maritime law, and have handled a wide variety of these cases since 1972.

For a free, confidential consultation, call our offices today at (510) 251-6060.