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Ferry Seeks Maritime Law Protection
Submitted by Parrish Law
Tue, 29 Jan 2013
Another accusation has been delivered in the aftermath of a ferry misdirection in Lower Manhattan.
Representation for a Wall Street employee, who remains in a hospital, submitted a $45 million lawsuit against the ferry company, the Seastreak Wall Street. The ferry had 326 passengers onboard when it slammed into a concrete slip while attempting to dock in Manhattan.
Several other suits have also been issued in federal court against the ferry on behalf of people injured in the accident.
The ferry company, however, just sought protection under deep-sea law that would limit its burden in the mishap to the total of the wrecked ferry, which is estimated at $7.6 million. The company has also sought an order that would consolidate all suits against the company to court.
Attorneys for those hurt seek to have the case decided by New York law, arguing that the boat was not in motion at the time of the accident and the company knew it. They also want any maximum of burden, if accepted by the court, set at the value of all of the vessels under Seastreak's command.
Attention will likely focus on modifications made to the vessel last summer to increase fuel economy and lower the cost of operation, and whether those changes led to the accident.
It is always tragic when individuals are injured through no fault of their own, whether that be in a boating, auto or work-related accident. The fact is those victims deserve to be properly compensated for their medical expenses and their losses. That's where having a competent and experienced personal injury attorney is vital.
At The Parrish Law Firm, we specialize in handling personal injury cases and protecting the rights of the injured and their families. If you or someone you know has been injured and you believe someone else is to blame, help is just a phone call or a click away. Visit us online at www.parrishlawokc.com or call us at 1-800-MY-ATTORNEY. The initial consultation is FREE.
Our office offers a free case evaluation for those who have been injured. Please feel free to call us and schedule a free case evaluation with an Oklahoma personal injury lawyer from our law office today.
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