United States maritime lawyer

July 01, 2011 @ 02:28 PM -- by

As a United States maritime lawyer, I am fascinated by the origins of maritime law. The Osceola, 189 U.S. 158 (1903), a United States Supreme court case decided in 1903 is seen today as a paramount case where the Supreme Court determined the central rules maritime personal injury law. The Osceola was bound for the port of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Under the mate’s supervision, the crew, including the injured party, Patrick Shea, proceeded to execute the Captain’s orders. A derrick was put in place to raise the gangway. Once the gangway was swung clear of the ship, the front end was grabbed by the wind. The force of the wind pushed the gangway and pulled the derrick over, which fell and injured Mr. Shea.