Long Beach, NY asked in Admiralty / Maritime for New York

Q: Does maritime law govern personal injury lawsuits related to boat accidents at sea?

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Michael H. Joseph
Michael H. Joseph
  • Maritime Law Lawyer
  • White Plains, NY
  • Licensed in New York

A: If the injured person was employed on the vessel then Federal maritime law applies. If the boat was in state territorial waters both state and federal maritime law apply. If the boat is beyond the state territorial waters when the injury occurs then Federal maritime law applies


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