Practice Areas

Maritime & Admiralty


Maritime Injuries:

Many personal injuries can result from maritime, offshore and river accidents or boating accidents. At Bain & Rodzik, we have extensive expertise regarding maritime accidents, including the requirements of the Jones Act. The Jones Act provides an injured seaman a remedy against employers for injuries arising from negligent acts of the employer or co-workers during the course of employment on a vessel. Claims brought under the Jones Act can also raise claims against a vessel's owner that a vessel was not seaworthy. If a seaman dies, a wrongful death claim may be based on the Jones Act, general maritime law, or the Death on the High Seas Act.

At Bain & Rodzik, we help injured North Carolina merchant seamen, fishermen, longshoremen, harbor workers, passengers and pleasure boaters utilize Federal Maritime laws to achieve maximum compensation for their injuries at sea and shore side. North Carolina maritime law, which is based in federal law, treats injuries in maritime cases differently from land-based accidents that result in bodily harm.

We work in association with highly qualified marine safety investigators, naval experts, injury experts, Board-certified medical experts, physical capacities experts, rehabilitation experts and economists to ensure a maximum recovery for our clients who have been injured at sea or in maritime situations.

Boating Injuries:

There are nearly 13 million boats and personal watercraft (i.e., Jet Skis and Ski Doos) currently registered in the United States and the popularity of recreational boating increases every year. Unfortunately, thousands of people are injured in North Carolina boating accidents each year, usually as a result of operator negligence. Rules established by the Coast Guard and various North Carolina agencies outline the rules for safe boating. What many recreational boat and personal watercraft operators don't know is that they are subject to the same laws and rules as ocean-going vessels and other commercial operators.

Recreational boat and watercraft operators must follow a wide variety of North Carolina and Federal boating laws and regulations that include those dealing with:

  • Reckless and careless operation
  • Operation of personal watercraft
  • Mooring to buoys
  • No-Wake Zones

Filing a claim against a negligent boat or watercraft operator is typically far more complicated than an automobile accident claim and may involve the highly specialized application of admiralty laws. Make sure you consult with an attorney with the appropriate knowledge and experience.

If you have suffered a maritime injury or have been seriously injured in a boating accident, consult a Bain & Rodzik attorney for advice. We have handled hundreds of personal injury cases involving maritime injuries and boating accidents and we have the expertise necessary to negotiate a fair settlement for you. Contact us so we can start working on your case today. You may be entitled to compensation for lost income, medical expenses, pain and suffering and permanent injury. We will be happy to discuss the merits of your case at no cost to you.