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If you have been injured on the water, while working in New Jersey’s ports and waterways, or in a boating accident caused by someone else’s negligence, our experienced Ocean County personal injury attorneys and staff at Riviere Cresci & Singer LLC can help.

Our firm represents injured people and their families in boating and watercraft accidents that take place on recreational boats, cruise ships, fishing boats, and other vessels throughout the state, including such waterways as Sandy Hook Bay, Raritan River, Shark River, Manasquan River, Metedeconk River, Mullica River, Barnegat Bay, Manahawkin Bay, Delaware Bay and the Atlantic Ocean.

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If you have been injured on the water or in a boating accident caused by someone else’s negligence, call the personal injury attorneys at Riviere Cresci & Singer LLC. (732)-646-5529

The injuries may be caused by:

  • Recreational boating activities
  • Boating collisions
  • Personal watercraft and jet ski collisions
  • Water skiing/tubing/wakeboarding
  • Drowning

At Riviere Cresci & Singer LLC, our maritime injury attorneys have the experience to thoroughly investigate the causes of the maritime accidents, including determining whether the accident was caused by:

  • Operator negligence
  • Alcohol or drug use
  • Excessive speed
  • Defective equipment
  • Improper maintenance of the boat or dock

If you were a Passenger on a cruise ship and you were injured, your claims will generally be covered by “General Maritime Law.” Many passengers on cruise ships do not realize that their legal rights are severely restricted by their boarding passes or trip tickets. In most instances, you will have to bring your claim within a very short time frame or forever lose your right to make a claim. In some instances, your right to file suit will be limited to just months after the injury and you will also have to bring your legal claims in a court of the cruise ship operator’s jurisdiction of choice. You need to carefully review your ticket/boarding pass, which, most likely, will set forth, in detail, the procedures for bringing legal claims.

For example, the New Jersey Court has held that, as per Federal maritime law, an owner of a sea-going vessel can establish a one-year statute of limitation in its passenger contract. “Generally, contract provisions limiting the time parties may bring suit have been held to be enforceable, if reasonable. Such provisions are accepted by the courts as long as they do not violate public policy.” (citation omitted). In the recent New Jersey case, Winograd v. Carnival Corporation, this holding was affirmed. In Winograd, the plaintiff and her friend disembarked from the ship when it arrived at La Romana, a port city in the Dominican Republic. While walking in the shopping district, the plaintiff and her friend were robbed by men with knives, who stole their passports, driver’s licenses, credit cards, and other personal effects. Nearly two years later, plaintiff filed suit in the Law Division, claiming that she suffered physical and emotional injury as a result of the robbery. The appellate panel affirmed the trial court’s dismissal of the plaintiff’s complaint based on the one-year statute of limitation set forth in the ticket contract.

This is a perfect example of why it is important to talk to an attorney as soon as possible when you have suffered an injury on a cruise ship or anywhere for that matter. Lawsuits are time sensitive and, without proper counsel, you could miss the boat on your legal claim.

Determining a “value” for a cruise ship injury will depend on a host of factors. Some factors include, the nature and severity of your injuries, how or by what you were injured on the ship, whether you were a passenger or an employee of the cruise ship, the cost of medical treatment, whether the cruise ship employees were at fault for your injury and any out of pocket costs that you may have incurred as a result of the injury.

Yes. It’s as simple as that. Other attorneys who do not practice maritime law do not know of all the nuances that are involved when filing a maritime claim. Our firm has seen a clients lose their right to sue because their original attorney filed suit either too late or in the wrong jurisdiction.

As enjoyable as a life at sea can be, one must also be prepared to face the potential dangers and great risks that accompany such a life. Accidents on ships and boats are unfortunately a hazard of working in the maritime industry and, sadly, all too common. If you have been recently injured in a work related incident at sea, you need an experienced maritime attorney you can trust to represent your case.

Riviere Cresci & Singer LLC has experienced admiralty lawyers that specialize in representing seaman who have been injured on the job. They will see to it that you receive the treatment and compensation you deserve.

As most boat related injuries occur in areas that are not covered by New Jersey’s worker’s compensation laws, getting due coverage from your employer can and quickly turn into a legal battle. When such disputes arise, Riviere Cresci & Singer LLC is there to help. We have a wealth of experience defending fisherman, barge-persons, dredgers, and cruise line employees. We will attempt to settle your case fast.

Under the parameters set forth by the Jones Act, injured seamen may be entitled to a variety of benefits if their injuries stem from negligence, defective equipment or a variety of other sources. If your injury is the result of any fault of your employer or the vessel itself, Riviere Cresci & Singer LLC will see to it that you receive the maximum benefits of the Jones Act, including maintenance, cure and unearned or lost wages.

Do not be deluded into thinking you have no recourse. Get your rights defended and your needs met with the legal representation from Riviere Cresci & Singer LLC..

What Our Clients Say

An Attorney Who Goes Above and Beyond For His Clients, He Puts Their Needs First Mr. Riviere gets a five star rating from my husband and I. Any questions we had he made sure to answer them, and that we understood. He went way above and beyond to help us out, we had a case that turned out not to be a cut...

Mark – A Chapter 7 Client

Paul Joseph Riviere II Gets Two Thumbs Up! I contacted Paul after I was in an accident. He was very helpful from the moment he took me on as a client. He helped me get medical treatment through PLIGA when I had no insurance at all. Paul also made sure I was seen by a doctor immediately for my pain...

Jim & Charlene – Personal Injury Client

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