Skilled Attorneys Pursuing Governmental Agencies

In certain cases, a maritime personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit might be filed against a government agency. Contact a knowledgeable Public Vessels Act lawyer to find out how our maritime legal experience in claims against the government can help you.

Sometimes it’s fairly apparent when the federal government might be liable to you on a maritime personal injury claim. For example, if you were hurt when a Coast Guard vessel struck your boat while rescuing someone else, you could bring suit against the government for negligent rescue under the federal Suits in Admiralty Act, and/or the Public Vessels Act.

Less obvious is the case where the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is responsible for marking the channel and maintaining the buoys in a navigable river, and you were injured when your fishing boat struck an unmarked underwater obstruction.

Our attorneys routinely investigate the possibility of naming a government defendant in just about every case we consider. Because of the federal nature of admiralty jurisdiction, federal government agencies are most often named as defendants in cases involving public entities, but a state-created municipal port authority or a state transportation department operating ferries can also be a defendant in a maritime personal injury case.

Government Agency Representation We Provide

Some of the more frequently named government agency defendants include the following:

  • United States Navy
  • United States Coast Guard
  • United States Army Corps of Engineers
  • National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
  • United States Maritime Administration (MARAD)
  • National Marine Fisheries Administration

For more information about how an experienced maritime law firm can help you recover for personal injury damages against the government, call or email any office of Brodsky Micklow Bull & Weiss LLP for a free and confidential discussion about your case. Contact us by calling toll-free at 855-272-5380.