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Category: Accidents At Sea

January 12, 2013
Another Tragedy On A New York Commuter Ferry

By Michael H. Joseph

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Last Wednesday, January 9, 2013 was like a repeat nightmare for many New Jersey and New York commuters as the High Speed Commuter Ferry, the Seastreak Wall Street crashed into a pier near Wall Street. Initial reports from New York harbor indicate that 57 people were injured and one was injured critically. Human bodies laying in stretchers along the New York waterways was a sight that many New York metropolitan residents hoped they would not see again. Again the New York community has been dealt a major blow not by terrorism, but by ineptitude of the Ferry workforce. Our New… Read More

June 2, 2010
Professional Mariner Injuries- The Doctrine Of Unseaworthiness

By Michael H. Joseph

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As a New York Attorney who represents seaman who sustain personal injuries, in New York harbor, I am familiar with the doctrine of unseaworthiness. The general maritime law imposes a duty on shipowners to provide vessels, equipment and crew which are reasonably fit for their intended use. If the vessel, or its equipment or crew are not reasonably fit for their intended use, then the ship or that part of the ship or its equipment or crew, is unseaworthy. Shipowners are responsible to compensate professional mariners who sustain personal injuries because of dangerous conditions aboard a ship. Unseaworthiness is a… Read More

 
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