Helping Injured Seamen Obtain Benefits


The Law Firm of Michael H. Bereston, Inc., represents people in maritime law claims throughout Maryland and the D.C. metro area. We are advocates for those who have been injured and focus our entire practice on serious injury cases, including medical malpractice, birth injuries, workers' comp claims and more.

Maryland enjoys some of the most beautiful coastal waterways — the Chesapeake Bay, Atlantic Ocean and numerous rivers. Many Marylanders work on these waters and earn a good living. However, if you work on the water and were injured on the job, you may be eligible for compensation far in excess of that available under Workers' Compensation Act or the Longshore and Harbor Workers' Compensation Act, provided that you qualify under the Jones Act. The Jones Act was passed by Congress in 1920. The act provides remedies and special rights for injured workers who are exposed to the dangers of the sea.

If you qualify as a seaman under the Jones Act, you are entitled to "maintenance benefits" while you are off work, payment of medical care ("cure") and, unlike workers' compensation, you can sue the ship owners or other crew members for damages caused by their negligence. You can also sue for damages for injuries or death caused by a ship's unseaworthiness. Damages available under the Jones Act can be far more substantial than those available through workers' compensation remedies. Mr. Bereston has worked to help clients recover damages under the Jones Act. Call today if you feel this may be you.

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Please contact the Law Firm of Michael H. Bereston, Inc., to discuss your maritime law case and the legal services we provide. Call 410-793-4554 or contact us online to schedule a meeting. Our office is located in Annapolis, and we handle cases statewide and throughout the D.C. metro area.