The state of Hawaii gets its name from the largest of its islands, but the state is actually made up of hundreds of different smaller islands spread across 1,500 square miles. Hawaii exports honeybees, pineapple, sugarcane and other agricultural crops. It also imports goods and raw materials required by more than a million Hawaiians living locally. Tourism has been the largest industry in Hawaii since 1959, with cruises routinely visiting Hawaiian islands.
While Hawaii is a scenic and attractive place to both visit and live, there are risks to offshore workers, as well as to those who visit the state on cruise ships. Visitors and locals alike also face the potential for recreational boating and water sport injury.
Whether you are hurt at work, on a cruise, or while boating or waterskiing, you need an attorney experienced in handling offshore claims. A maritime lawyer at Lipcon, Margulies, Alsina & Winkleman, P.A. is here to help whether you live and work in Hawaii or were visiting the area at the time of the injury.
Maritime Law and Injuries in Hawaii
As the 50th U.S. State, Hawaii is subject to U.S. maritime law. Maritime laws, or admiralty laws as they are also called, include a variety of statutes and case precedence that applies when disputes and claims arise on navigable waterways.
Navigable waters encompass all bodies of water that could be used for interstate commerce or for foreign commerce. The islands of Hawaii are surrounded on all sides by the navigable waters of the North Pacific Ocean. Hawaii has 750 miles of coastline, which is the fourth longest coastline in the United States. Because all the waters off the Hawaiian islands are considered navigable, federal maritime laws, like the Jones Act, apply to all injuries sustained off the island’s shores.
Maritime law is a specialized area of law. The laws address jurisdictional issues, including where cases can be brought. The laws also establish the requirements for making injury claims and the rights of victims who get hurt while working or playing offshore. Understanding what your rights are under maritime law can be complicated, but you need to make smart and informed choices to ensure you take advantage of the legal protections available to you.
How Can Lipcon, Margulies, Alsina & Winkleman, P.A. Help?
Injury attorneys who handle claims that arise on land may not understand how to provide appropriate advice to those who sustain harm when something goes wrong. A maritime attorney should have a track record of handling similar cases.
If you get hurt on a cruise ship or pleasure vessel visiting Hawaii, your lawyer should have handled similar cases in the past. If you get hurt at work offshore, you should be sure your lawyer has a track record of representing seamen with injury claims.
Lipcon, Margulies, Alsina & Winkleman, P.A. has many success stories. Our attorneys are published professionals who have dedicated their careers to providing representation to those who have been harmed offshore. We practice throughout Hawaii and can handle your case in Hawaiian courts or other appropriate jurisdictions with authority to hear your claims.
To learn more and to get an evaluation of your rights under maritime law if you or someone you love has been hurt, give us a call today by dialing 877-233-1238 or contact us online for a no-strings attached consultation.