Maritime Law and Asbestos Claims

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Maritime law is a body of law that is distinct from other state and federal statutes. It was developed over the course of centuries to protect seamen who were hurt onboard ships by providing a liberal interpretation of law in their favor. Shipbuilders, ship workers, and sailors in Virginia are governed by maritime law when their injuries occur on a ship or within the jurisdiction of maritime law.

Many of the asbestos cases in the Tidewater area occur due to the shipbuilding community. The naval base in Norfolk and shipyards in Newport News and Portsmouth have been the source of asbestos exposure for many individuals over the years. These cases, due to where they occur, are governed by maritime law.

This is beneficial to Virginia asbestos claims for two reasons. First, maritime law is favorable to the injured to begin with. Secondly, tort reform, legislation which has placed limitations on personal injury and product liability lawsuits over the years, does not apply to maritime law. This has left this body of legislation untouched by the hampering of victims’ rights in asbestos lawsuits that has occurred in other places in the country.

If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with mesothelioma, asbestos lung cancer, or asbestosis, contact our firm today. We provide free case evaluations to injured Virginians, and we have a history of successfully fighting for asbestos victims’ rights.

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