Maritime Injury and Damages

Call us to restore your family's finances through the law

The primary aim of maritime law compensatory damages is to restore you and your family to your financial status before you were injured.  These are called financial or pecuniary damages.

Pecuniary damages may include:

  • Past and future medical expenses, including rehabilitation, medication, prosthetics, and additional medical procedures
  • Past and future wage loss and earning capacity
  • Past and future loss of fringe benefits, including group health plan, 401(k), mileage reimbursement, or other items

In most cases, we will retain, on your behalf, experienced vocational evaluators, nurse case manages, and forensic economists, to review the details of your case and to give their opinions about these past and future financial losses.  These expert witnesses, whose charges we advance as a part of our handling of your case, are trained to defend their opinions in State and Federal courts.

Non-pecuniary damages are non-financial damages.  The basic thrust of the law is that life is more then a paycheck or forcing insurance companies to pay your medical bills from insured maritime companies.  Otherwise, negligent parties would be able to affect the quality of your life without consequence.

Past and future non-pecuniary damages may include:

  • Physical pain.  Many times, this is demonstrated by the type and strength of pain relievers prescribed by your doctors.
  • Mental stress.  A common example is sleeplessness due to physical pain or worrying about how to pay normal household and medical bills.
  • Loss of enjoyment of life.   Not being able to spend quality active time with your family and friends is an example.  Not being able to take your children or grandchildren fishing or being unable to work in your flower or vegetable garden may be examples.

Depending on your case other types of damages, such as permanent impairment, permanent disability, loss of consortium, or loss of society, may be available.


Contact Raley & Raley PC for additional information. Located in Savannah, our attorneys provide experienced counsel to clients with maritime personal injury claims. We practice throughout the coastal area of Georgia and South Carolina.