Houston, TX personal injury attorney Richard Plezia talks about the importance of getting a lawyer that has extensive maritime experience for these types of cases.
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Maritime law and maritime cases actually are a derivative off the FELA or the railroad law. This is all federal cases, the type of work that you do offshore or in a maritime environment is very different than the type of work that you would do on a land base of a land based oil rig or offshore oil rig is very different or even what we call blue water sailors, cruise ships. There’s different laws that apply and just because someone might have a good idea of what premises liability is stateside that doesn’t necessarily apply to a vessel that’s floating or traveling in water. And so it’s a very specialized area of the law that’s federal law which trumps state law on your recovery.