Admiralty law governs the navigation and shipping that occurs both at sea and inland. Maritime law describes the regulations, legal issues, rules, and body of laws as it pertains to ocean commerce, marine resources as well as navigation.
While federal laws govern maritime matters in the United States, maritime injury cases can often involve the maritime laws of other international countries, since each country has its own maritime regulations as well.
In addition to governing injury claims made by passengers on ships, crewmembers, and seamen, admiralty and maritime law also regulates injuries sustained by individuals on recreational boats and yachts. The following are common maritime laws that may also benefit those who suffer injuries while on the water:
- The Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act
- Cruise Vessel Security and Safety Act of 2010
- Maintenance and Cure Rights
- Limitation of Liability Act
- Public Vessels Act
- The Jones Act