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Richard Serpe has a Master of Laws in Maritime & Admiralty Law
Richard Serpe has 34+ years of experience in protecting the rights of injured seamen.
He has successfully prosecuted cases under the Jones Act, bringing fair and just compensation to those who were injured while performing their duties. He has also settled fatal maritime cases that resulted in the death of a loved one.
Richard Serpe knows how the insurers or commercial vessels will do everything they can to minimize their financial liability. And, they will do so even if it is at the expense of decent medical care for the injured.
Education & Awards
- After law school, Richard Serpe obtained a Master of Laws in Maritime & Admiralty law from Tulane University School of Law. Tulane’s maritime law program is highly-rated and world-renowned.
- Richard Serpe has obtained the highest ranking (Proctor in Admiralty) from the Maritime Law Association of the United States
- Rated 10/10 – “Superb” by the online attorney rating service, Avvo.com
- Listed in The Best Lawyers in America ® since 2006
- Received an AV rating from the Martindale-Hubbell law directory, which is the highest given
- Named a “Super Lawyer” – among the top 5 percent of lawyers in Virginia since 2006
Maritime Injury Laws & CompensationMaritime injuries to “seamen” are governed by federal law. Because injuries that occur on land are governed by state law, most general personal injury lawyers will not know how to handle a maritime claim.
A “seaman” is generally defined as anyone performing work related to a vessel’s purpose while operating in navigable waters. They must also spend a significant amount of their time on the vessel.
Maritime law (or admiralty law) is a specific set of laws that provide maritime workers the right to recover compensation if they are injured while performing their duties.
There are several foundations for recovering compensation:
- Maintenance and Cure: You are entitled to maintenance (daily living expenses) and cure (medical expenses) benefits regardless of negligence. This is typically provided until you have reached maximum medical improvement.
- The Jones Act: Allows you to file a lawsuit if negligence caused your injuries.
- The Doctrine of Unseaworthiness: The vessel, or the vessel’s crew, was not seaworthy which caused your injury
- Death on the High Seas Act (DOSHA): Allows certain family members to file a claim if their loved one was killed while at sea due to negligence.
Contact Richard SerpeIf you've been injured in a maritime accident, contact Richard Serpe for a free case evaluation. There are no legal fees unless we settle or win your case.
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