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Maritime Injury Lawyers

Everything changes when you add water. Personal injuries that happen when you’re working – or playing – on the water aren’t governed by “the law of the land.” They are subject to maritime laws – also known as admiralty law. If you were injured on the water, you need an experienced maritime accident lawyer to fight for you because maritime cases are never cut and dry.

 

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Maritime workers have a fatality rate 6 times higher than land-based workers. 

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58% of people injured on recreational boats are passengers.  

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More than 50% of all boating accidents happen when the driver is inexperienced.

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Tough Jobs Can Mean Bad Injuries

Maritime work is not only physically demanding, it’s one of the most hazardous industries. Conditions on the water coupled with heavy equipment and changing weather can result in high accident and fatality rates. A maritime injury lawyer in Virginia can provide tenacious representation to offshore and maritime workers who have been injured on the job in addition to those hurt in recreational water activities. 

Put Your Maritime Case On Solid Ground

Personal injuries that happen when you’re working – or playing – on the water aren’t governed by “the law of the land.” They are subject to maritime – also known as admiralty – law. They can involve local, state, and federal laws, so you need an attorney well versed in all three, like the maritime lawyers at Rutter Mills. Not every injury attorney is experienced enough to navigate the complexity of a maritime injury case. 

What Cases Can a Maritime Lawyer Help With?

The Jones Act provides protection for on-the-job injuries by seamen so they can get the compensation needed to recover after an injury.

When a loved one is lost due to an accident that occurs at sea, proving who’s at fault can be very challenging. The Death on the High Seas Act was created so surviving family members could take civil action against the person or company responsible for their loss.

Working out at sea is never easy. As the need for energy send workers further offshore, maritime laws provide protection and compensation for injuries that occur on the water.

Maritime laws protect workers who spend more than 30% of their working hours on a vessel that’s underway.

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Maritime Injury Lawyers

Not all injury lawyers are equal.

If you have been injured in an accident that occurred at sea, the laws that govern your case are very different from workers’ compensation claims on land. There are a myriad of issues that come with making strong cases against the ship’s company. From the fact that weeks or months may have passed before the scene can be investigated to the difficulty finding witnesses to testify against their employer, these maritime cases are challenging. 

Complex cases like this require a serious attorney with the investigative team and resources to get the evidence you will need to prove your case. Our firm has been winning record-setting verdicts for maritime cases for decades. When your future is on the line, don’t trust your case to anyone. Choose the maritime lawyers at Rutter Mills who also specialize in Admiralty law, longshore worker’s compensation, workers’ compensation cases and so much more. See why so many put trust in their 60 years of experience.

TESTIMONIALS

You don’t have to worry about the bills, just get healthy.

Dave Put His Trust in Us

Don’t Fall For The Insurance Company’s Games

Dave suffered serious injuries in a car accident. The defendant’s insurance company tried to offer him a low amount so Dave called Rutter Mills. We took over dealing with the insurance and got Dave the money he needed to get back on his feet.

They enabled me to be happy in life again.

Get Back On Track

Protecting Your Future

Glenn’s car accident changed his life, but not permanently thanks to the help of his Rutter Mills attorney. When the insurance companies wouldn’t help him, our team fought back and won.

I knew I needed Rutter Mills.

Fighting For What's Right

Getting Justice

On his way home from work at the shipyard, Dan was involved in an accident. He tried to file a claim on his own, but the insurance company wouldn’t give him the money he needed to put his life back on track. Dan knew he needed to call Rutter Mills.

They actually won my case 3 times!

Larena's Win

After her car accident, Larena asked her father, a local stevedore, for his advice on who to call. He recommended Rutter Mills. Her team of car accident experts at Rutter Mills fought back when the insurance companies tried to deny her the money she needed to recuperate from her injuries. We took her case to trial – and won. When the insurance company filed their appeals, we beat them again – two more times! Larena got the money she needed and the justice she deserved.

We’re going to immediately call Rutter Mills. That’s the people I trust with my baby girl.

Who Do You Trust With Your Family?

After a car accident, Jamaree’s first call was to her mom. She was shaken up and scared. Mom told her “We’re calling Rutter Mills. Her next was to Rutter Mills. Her Rutter Mills car accident team helped her get compensation “above & beyond” what she was expecting.

They lifted allot of stress off my shoulders. I recommend them to anybody because they WILL fight for you.

Who Can You Turn To?

Referrals From Friends and Family

After John was seriously injured in a motorcycle accident, he turned to the person he trusts most for a recommendation. His wife, a paralegal of 30 years, told him to call Rutter Mills on the advice of the lawyer she worked for.

They really care for you as a person. Words cannot describe what Rutter Mills did for me and for my case.

When You Need Someone In Your Corner

Don’t Go It Alone

When the insurance company tried to get Carol to sign paperwork after her car accident, she knew she needed a lawyer. Carol knew she needed Rutter Mills.

When I called Rutter Mills, I knew it was the right fit. They’re so interested in helping you get justice.

Getting The Justice You Deserve

When Mom Needs Strength

Taryn was in a car accident while she was pregnant. She knew she needed someone in her corner to protect her rights and her family’s future.

There’s attorneys, then there’s Rutter Mills.

We're Here When The Unexpected Happens

Priorities

A devasting accident changed Levon’s life forever. The physical and emotional toll left him scared and in pain. When the insurance company for the defendant contacted the family, they made an offer that did not even cover the cost of the medication, much less doctors’ bills, and physical therapy. They knew they needed to talk to a serious lawyer. Rutter Mills took care of the negotiation so Levon could focus on healing.

When you’ve got a serious injury, you need a serious lawyer. That’s why we chose Rutter Mills.

Motorcycle Accidents Change Everything

When Ed was injured in a motorcycle crash, he knew he needed a serious lawyer to protect his rights. The insurance companies were fighting him every step of the way. Rutter Mills helped prove Ed’s case and get him the money he needed to get on the road to recovery.

With the seriousness of the accident, I knew that we needed a serious lawyer. I needed Rutter Mills.

Carol & Levon's Story

They knew they needed a serious lawyer when Carol and her son were seriously injured. After the other party’s insurance company tried to get her to settle for less than she needed, Carol called Rutter Mills for help. We took on the insurance company so she could focus on healing.

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Maritime workers face unique hazards from noise, vibration, slick surfaces, and heavy lifting. One wrong step by a crewmember can spell disaster. 

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every case is a serious case-because it's your case.

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Personal Injury

We are here for you in your time of need, providing compassionate guidance and aggressive advocacy in a wide range of personal injury matters. Our top-rated attorneys will fight the insurance companies and get you back on your feet.

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Car Accidents

We’re here to listen. A member of our team will meet with you, focusing on not only what happened, but also what you are going through and how it’s impacted your life. Then we’ll tell you what options are available to you to get on the road to recovery.

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Maritime/Jones Act Law

Personal injuries that happen when you’re working – or playing – on the water aren’t governed by “the law of the land.” They are subject to maritime laws under the Jones Act– also known as admiralty law.

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Motorcycle Accidents

We’re here to listen. A member of our team will meet with you, focusing on listening to not only what happened, but also what you are going through and how it’s impacted your life.

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Truck Accidents

Truck accidents are often serious. We are here to listen to your story so we can guide you to healing. Our team has represented some of the largest truck accident cases in Virginia. Call us and see how we can help you today.

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Workers Compensation

If you’ve been injured on the job, workers’ compensation insurance may entitle you to critical assistance like medical treatment, lost wages, and more. But insurance companies will put up an aggressive fight to resist paying you the compensation you need and deserve. Rutter Mills can help get you the money you deserve.

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Contact a maritime injury attorney for expert legal guidance

A Rutter Mills case is a serious case. It may mean you have been badly injured. It certainly means you have a lot on the line, and the resolution of your case will make a big difference to you, your family, and your life moving forward.

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Daniel M

Adam Lotkin, Max Baker, and the team behind them are amazing people. They did a great job with communicating and explaining each step of the process and they do the absolute best in ensuring their clients are taken care of. For my case in specific, we expected to wait 2 year to settle l, but through the team’s hard work and a little luck, it was settled in less than a year. I would not hesitate to come back to them if I ever needed to.

Chris I.

I can't praise Rutter Mills law firm enough Catherine Foster is not only a great paralegal handling my lawsuit with my lawyer Dan Dallia I truly consider her like family.So many times I was depressed and in pain and she would talk me through it encouraging me to be strong.She is also going through a lot like myself and completely understands and is able to show compassion a fully healthy healthy person couldn't.The discovery she provided me amazed me,and was so thorough very professional.I consider her my friend for life!

Christin B.

I wish I had called Rutter Mills from the beginning. I tried to deal with the insurance company myself, big mistake. Adam Lotkin and his paralegal Ruth Simmons were amazing. They walked me through the process and got me a settlement almost ten times the offer from the insurance company. Trust Rutter Mills, you won't be disappointed!

Anna R

Thank you to my Attorney - Eric Porcaro and paralegal Kamilah White for doing such a stellar job on my case! It was a real pleasure working with this team!

Sergio C

Adam Lotkin, my attorney, was straight forward and solid. He did what he said he would do. He kept reassuring me I was in good hands, and in the end, he proved, I was. When my case was finished, they treated me fairly and worked quickly to pay out my settlement. When going up against large insurance companies, Rutter Mills proved, your law firm does matter. Thank you all again, for taking a difficult time in my life and making it bearable.

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