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  • American Association for Justice
  • Rhode Island Association for Justice
  • Rhode Island Bar Association

Rhode Island Maritime Injury Attorneys

Representing Injured Seamen, Crew & Passengers in Maritime Cases

In Rhode Island, the ocean plays an important role in our way of life. Unfortunately, whether you are earning a living or enjoying a recreational activity, serious accidents can occur on the water. Karns & Kerrison fights for justice and fair compensation for individuals who have sustained severe injuries or wrongful death due to the negligence of others.

Many of our clients were hurt in:

  • Accidents involving commercial fishing vessels
  • Accidents involving merchant marine vessels
  • Cargo ship accidents
  • Marine collisions
  • Cruise ship accidents
  • Boating and fishing accidents
  • Personal watercraft accidents (Jet Ski, WaveRunner, Sea-Doo)
  • Recreational accidents

For answers to your questions about Rhode Island maritime law, contact our firm.

Compensation for Injured Commercial Maritime Workers

Injured maritime workers who qualify as "seamen" and are injured on a "vessel" can recover compensation from their employer under the Jones Act for negligence or under maritime/admiralty law for "unseaworthiness."

Multiple benefits are due to the injured seamen including "maintenance" (wages), "cure" (medical care), and when applicable, settlements or court verdicts for future losses, including loss of income, pain and suffering, scarring, loss of use, and future medical bills.

We take maritime cases involving:

  • Injured seamen: When someone is injured on the water, one of the first questions asked is whether the person is legally considered a seaman based on the maritime law definition of the term.
  • Vessels: The boat on which the injury occurred has to fall under the official definition of "vessel" in maritime law for the injured party to have a viable maritime injury claim.
  • Jones Act – negligence: It is important to understand the definition of negligence under maritime law to determine whether your claim is valid.
  • Unseaworthiness: Determining that a vessel is not seaworthy and linking that unseaworthiness to the injuries you have suffered can be a critical component in your maritime law claim.
  • Maintenance and cure: Learn more about maintenance and cure, the means of compensation in successful maritime claims.
  • Future losses – recovery: Future losses can be considered in Jones Act and maritime law claims so that the injured person can recover compensation for the inability to get another job and for other future losses.

An Experienced Rhode Island Maritime Lawyer Can Help

If you have been the victim of an offshore accident, it is crucial to hire an experienced maritime attorney who fully understands the Jones Act and other unique aspects of maritime law. With more than 85 years of collective experience, the lawyers of Karns & Kerrison take a special interest in maritime injuries throughout Rhode Island from our offices in Providence and Middletown. We have considerable knowledge in this area of the law, and we are dedicated to getting you full compensation so you can fund your recovery and move forward with your life.

Contact Our Maritime Injury Attorneys in Rhode Island

If you or someone you love has sustained a serious injury in a maritime accident, we invite you to call our office at (888) 281-3100 or email us to schedule a free consultation. We can give you the information you need to make the right decisions for your family and your future.

  • Car Accident Traumatic Brain Injury
    I would definitely recommend Karns & Kerrison to anyone who asked - they come through for you.

    - Patricia Feeley

  • Slipped on Greasy Floor
    I have no reservations whatsoever in recommending Karns & Kerrison.

    - Mike Carey

  • Rear End Collision
    Nothing but positive results from consultation, to filing the legal suit, handling of a major operation, to recovery and finalizing a generous settlement.

    - Larry Goldfarb

  • Horrible Car Accident
    They not only got me a fair settlement, they helped to get me well.

    - Nancy

  • Motor Vehicle Accident - Braga Bridge
    It was comforting to know I had someone watching out for me.

    - Jeanie Small

  • Pedestrian hit by Car
    I did not know where to turn when I realized I needed legal help but I am very happy that I found Karns & Kerrison.

    - Martin

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If you or your loved one suffered severe, life-altering injuries due to someone else’s negligence, we are here to help you fight for justice. For answers to your questions or to schedule a free consultation, contact our personal injury team at (888) 281-3100. We offer our legal services on a contingency fee basis, meaning you only pay attorneys’ fees after we have recovered compensation on your behalf.

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