Richard Serpe: An Attorney Who Understands Maritime Law
The best personal injury attorney who devotes his or her practice to injuries occurring on land will be familiar with state law concepts that these cases involve. Maritime matters, on the other hand, are governed by federal law, and you need an attorney who understands these laws.
- Master of Laws in Maritime: After law school, Richard Serpe obtained a Master of Laws in Admiralty law from Tulane University School of Law.
- Proctor of Admiralty: He has obtained the highest ranking (Proctor) from the Maritime Law Association of the United States.
- Jones Act Case Success: He has successfully prosecuted cases under the Jones Act, bringing fair and just compensation to those who were injured while performing their duties.
- Protecting Injured Seamen: Richard Serpe has years of experience in protecting the rights of injured seamen; He knows how the insurers of commercial vessels will do everything they can to minimize their financial liability, even if it is at the expense of decent treatment for the injured.
- Recreational Maritime Cases: Richard Serpe has successfully settled cases for recreational maritime accidents (cruise ship, sailboat, jet-ski, etc.) that resulted in serious injury and the death of a loved one.
Maritime Injuries on the Job
Anyone who has spent time earning a living on the ocean can tell you that it’s a dangerous business. The sheer unpredictability of the ocean can put even the most experienced of sailors or the strongest of ships at risk. These conditions demand competence and professionalism from all of the crew members of any seagoing vessel, whether it’s a cruise ship, fishing boat, tugboat, barge, etc. Anything less places lives at risk. While it is true that working on our oceans is inherently dangerous, that fact does not absolve the shipowner, captain or crew members from responsibility should one of their employees or fellow workers suffer an injury.
Sailors on sailboats and powerboats, jet ski operators, cruise ship passengers…
If a non-seafarer (this might include a cruise ship passenger, the rider of a jet ski, or an airplane passenger involved in a crash away from the land) is injured or killed, then the laws depend on where the accident occurred. Special regulations and rules, including Coast Guard regulations and the Limitation of Liability Act, can have an important impact on a victim’s potential financial recovery. For example, many cruise line tickets contain various disclaimers that may limit a passenger’s right to sue. Maritime cases present very unique laws and issues which are best handled by an experienced maritime lawyer.
When death occurs on the high seas or on the navigable waters of the United States, the legal issues that can be implicated are numerous.
The applicable laws, who can file a claim, and the remedies available can vary tremendously, depending on whether the person killed was a seaman, a longshoreman, or a non-seafarer; what caused the accident; who is being sued; and precisely where the accident occurred. The general rules can be summarized, but this area of the maritime law is so complex and, at times, volatile, that small factual differences can make a big legal difference.