A former Coast Guard Officer, commercial fisherman and merchant mariner, since 1988 Nicholas H. Walsh has used his practical knowledge to assist hundreds of New Englanders. The firm has two areas of emphasis: Jones Act work for injured sailors, and injuries occurring because of deficient medical or nursing care (medical malpractice).
The Articles section of this site contains useful information on these areas of the law. From Injury to Judgment: Medical Malpractice Law in Maine and Jones Act, Unseaworthiness and Other Seamen's Personal Injury Remedies are just two useful articles. We suggest you review that material, and give us a call. Or just give us a call - We usually have time to talk at length about a new matter, and if not, phone calls are returned the same day. Our practice is to put together the best possible team for your case - lawyers, industry experts and experts on determining the dollar value of the loss of future income caused by your injury.
If you have a claim for medical malpractice you may want to call us first. We regularly team up with other lawyers in representing medical malpractice clients, and we know which lawyers are best for a particular case. For example, a lawyer highly experienced in surgical error may not have as much expertise in proving medication error or failure to diagnose. It makes a difference, and we can help you put together the strongest possible team for your case.
For commercial fishermen and merchant mariners, the firm offers plaintiff's assistance in injury claims (including Jones Act and Unseaworthiness claims), fishery permit transfers and appeals, vessel sales and mortages, salvage representation and all other areas of admiralty and maritime law. Injured cruise ship and ferry passengers benefit from the same level of practical knowledge and legal expertise. The Portland Press Herald called Mr. Walsh "ONE OF PORTLAND'S MOST EXPERIENCED MARITIME LAWYERS", and it's true. We know the sea, we know the ships, we know the people, and we know the law really, really well. That's a powerful combination! 207/772-2191.
120 Exchange Street Portland, Maine 04112 207/772-2191 Facsimile 207/774-3940 firstname.lastname@example.org, Cell: 207-838-0690
There are very few maritime personal injury attorneys who served in the Coast Guard, or who were in the merchant marine, or who were commercial fishermen. Nicholas Walsh has been all three: a deck officer on a medium endurance cutter, a merchant seaman on a cargo-passenger ship sailing the New York - Valpo route, and a swordfish longliner hand.
Sailors know that unless you've been there, you don't really get it. For your Jones Act or maritime personal injury case, hire a lawyer with saltwater experience AND twenty years' experience in the courtroom - hire a lawyer who gets it.
We offer expert consultation on medical malpractice cases. We know the bar, and we can make sure your case is handled by the best possible lawyer for your particular claim. Call us first!
Our clients get to work early and so do we. A six a.m. meeting is no problem, nor is an evening or weekend get together. Our hourly rates are reasonable, and in the appropriate case we will consider a contingency fee arrangement (no recovery - no fee).
The firm has an active probate litigation practice, addressing lost and contested wills, inheritance cases, undue influence, fraudulent wills and similar probate issues. Mr. Walsh regularly lectures on probate litigation before members of the Maine Bar, and he has published practice guides in the specialized area of probate litigation. In appropriate inheritance or other probate dispute cases, representation may be undertaken on a no-recovery, no fee basis. Please call to discuss your case. 207/772-2191.
Reviews Editor, Connecticut Journal of International Law. Westlaw Prize, Admiralty Law, 1988.
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