Maritime & Boating Accidents

Mr. Bohrer has recovered millions of dollars on behalf of maritime passengers, sailors, captains, seamen, and dock workers. He is familiar with the unique elements of law under the Jones Act, Death on the High Seas Act and other requirements for bringing maritime personal injury cases in state and federal courts. An avid recreational boater and fisherman, Mr. Bohrer is familiar with the repair, maintenance and operation of pleasure craft, personal watercraft, principles of navigation, maritime safety and commercial fishing.

Maritime personal cases are both complex and fact sensitive. They may require that many parties be sued from the owner and operators of vessels to the towns and municipalities that operate, mark and dredge waterways.We employ the nation's finest safety experts in the investigation and prosecution of our cases, from former naval architects to retired Coast Guard officers.

Abram Bohrer served on the plaintiff's executive steering committee in connection with the October 15, 2003 crash of the Staten Island Ferry, Andrew J. Barberi which slammed into a pier at the St. George Terminal on Staten Island. Eleven passengers were killed and nearly 200 passengers were injured. Bohrer represented the estate of one of the passengers who was killed as well as a number of the injured passengers and obtained a three million dollar settlement on behalf of the estate of Debra Castro and nearly one million dollars for another passenger who suffered a neck injury which required surgery.

The New York Times reported on Mr. Bohrer's experience and familiarity with not only maritime personal injury cases, but his familiarity with the lax safety procedures on the Staten Island Ferry in particular.  Two years earlier, Mr. Bohrer represented and successfully settled a case on behalf of a British tourist seriously injured in another Staten Island Ferry accident caused by poor communication, lack of skill and working equipment aboard the vessel.

Mr. Bohrer also participated in the wrongful death product liability claim of a physician who was killed while using a personal watercraft in the Bahamas.  In that case, the plaintiff successfully argued that the craft's lack of off-throttle steering was defective and rendered it dangerous. Our efforts resulted in a settlement to the estate of over $2,000,000.

Courts also frequently look to maritime law when interpreting damages in aviation cases. We are familiar with those laws in both the maritime and aviation settings and have brought claims under both.

If you or a loved one has been injured in a boating of maritime accident, contact us today to know and preserve your rights.