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Maritime Accidents

MM&J has been retained to defend maritime accident claims  for personal injuries and wrongful death involving private sport fishing boats, commercial fishing boats, shipyards, fish spotting helicopters on-board tuna seiners, marina recreation areas, and county harbor agencies. We have significant expertise in general maritime law, the Jones Act, and the Death on the High Seas Act. We have been engaged in cases involving naval architects, marine engineers, tuna boat fish captains, deck bosses, crew-members, owners, and marine accountants. The challenges and need for experienced counsel in the defense of maritime law cases is shown, by example, in a case defended by Jim Michaelis involving a wrongful death claim brought against a Singapore shipyard. The case arose when a swivel pin in the king post failed on the high seas, causing a boom collapse and knocking a European crewman overboard to his death. Jim Michaelis is an Associate Member of the Maritime Law Association of the United States.

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