LIMITATION OF LIABILITY ACT
INFORMATION AND WHAT TO DO
Injured maritime workers and passengers can be subject to the Limitation of Liability Act after suffering an injury or death aboard a vessel in navigable waters. From commercial vessels to cruise ships and sailboats, this law allows vessel owners to limit their liability for injuries and deaths to the value of their interest in the remains of the vessel. If you or a loved one filed an injury or wrongful death claim after suffering an injury aboard a ship and you have received a petition for Limitation of Liability, you must act quickly to contest it. This is an extremely complex area of law that requires representation from experienced maritime and admiralty law attorneys.
Working to Recover the Compensation You Need
Injury victims and families who lose someone to wrongful death may seek compensation under various maritime, admiralty and personal injury laws for medical bills, past and future lost income, pain and suffering, and related expenses. However, if a vessel owner files a petition for Limitation of Liability, the amount that may be recovered is limited to the value of the vessel at the time of the accident or injury. Depending on the damage to the vessel, this may drastically reduce or eliminate any damages. If the ship sank or was badly damaged, it may not have any value. In this case, you would not be allowed to recover any compensation for your losses. It is possible to challenge petitions for Limitation of Liability, but you must act quickly. To learn about how we may be able to help you with your case, please speak with one or our lawyers today.