Timur Akpinar

Timur Akpinar

Akpinar Law Firm - Admiralty & Maritime Law
  • Maritime Law, Personal Injury, Arbitration & Mediation...
  • New York
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Maritime Attorney Tim Akpinar represents commercial mariners and recreational boaters throughout the entire United States, including inland rivers. As a former merchant marine officer, Tim understands the operation of commercial vessels and the legal rights of people who serve aboard them. Such rights can materialize under the Jones Act, Longshore & Harbor Workers’s Compensation Act, Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act, Defense Base Act, War Hazards Compensation Act, and other federal and state legislation. Tim handles matters involving maritime collision, maritime salvage, complex property losses, boating accidents, and cruise ship accidents. He represents commercial mariners, recreational boaters, and passengers. Tim taught law at a state maritime academy. He has also owned several pleasure boats over the years. For a free consultation, contact Tim at (718) 224-9824 or timakpinarlawoffice@verizon.net. Tim fights hard for the legal rights his clients who have sustained injury or other damages involving admiralty jurisdiction and maritime law. Tim’s work is referenced in Wikipedia - Seaman’s Manslaughter Statute In 2006, Tim was asked to cover the subject of limitation of liability for the American Trial Lawyers Association, for which he prepared the article, Defeating Limitation of Liability in Maritime Law. This arcane concept of maritime law comes up in cruise ship accidents, boat and jet ski accidents, as well injuries involving commercial fishermen, tugboat crews, and other mariners. The City of New York tried to use the law to reduce the awards of injury plaintiffs following the tragic October 2003 Staten Island Ferry accident involving Andrew Barberi. Tim understands why defendants try to use this trick, and he understands how to defeat this shameful legal tactic. Tim was recently interviewed by Water Welders, an online magazine about the commercial diving industry. Tim recently appeared in WorkBoat Magazine

Practice Areas
  • Maritime Law
  • Personal Injury
  • Arbitration & Mediation
  • Products Liability
  • Insurance Claims
  • Appeals & Appellate
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
New York
St Johns
Professional Associations
Maritime Law Association of the United States
New York State Bar # 2621100
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Articles & Publications
Defeating Limitation of Liability in Maritime Law
Trial Magazine - The Journal of the Association of Trial Lawyers of America
Websites & Blogs
Admiralty & Maritime Attorney Tim Akpinar
Maritime Attorney Discusses Legal Rights of Cruise Ship Passengers Injured in Accidents at Sea

Maritime Lawyer Tim Akpinar Discusses the Legal Rights of Passengers and Guests Injured in Accidents Occurring Aboard Cruise Ships or Shoreside in Connection With Their Voyages. He Describes Jurisdictional Issues and Other Stipulations Imposed by Cruise Lines Within the Contract Conditions of Their Tickets. He Also Briefly Touches Upon SOLAS, The Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea, in Terms of Safety Compliance by Cruise Lines.

Maritime Attorney Discusses Legal Issues with Boating & Jet Ski Accidents

Maritime Lawyer Tim Akpinar Discusses the Legal Rights of Recreational Boaters Injured in Accidents Occurring in on Navigable and Non-Navigable Waters of the United States. He Discusses How Arcane Elements of Maritime Law Can Apply to Pleasure Boat Accidents, from Limitation of Liability to Certain Presumptions Observed under Federal Maritime Law in the United States.

The Jones Act Maritime Attorney Discusses Legal Rights of Commercial Mariners Under Federal Mariti

Maritime Lawyer Tim Akpinar Discusses the Legal Rights of Mariners Injured in Accidents Occurring in the Course of Their Employment on Commercial Vessels. This Includes Deckhands, ABs, Oilers, Wipers, DDEs, QMEDs, Tankermen, Cooks, Stewards, Bartenders, Deck Officers, Engine Officers, and Other Ship's Crew Injured in the Course of Their Employment, Whether Shipboard or Shoreside. Tim Describes Coverage Under the Jones Act, Maintenance and Cure, and Outlines How Jones Act Coverage Differs From Traditional Workers' Compensation Coverage.

Maritime Attorney Talks About the Jones Act and Legal Rights of Injured Commercial Fishermen

Maritime Lawyer Tim Akpinar Discusses the Legal Rights of Commercial Fishermen Injured in Accidents Occurring in the Course of Their Employment. He Describes Coverage Under the Jones Act and Describes Distinctions from Conventional Employee Coverage Under Workers' Compensation Insurance.

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343 Questions Answered

Q. I need to know. How a person find out how? If case been settled
A: A good place to start could be to ask your attorney. As a general matter, attorneys discuss settlement terms in personal injury cases with clients before accepting an offer. Tim Akpinar
Q. A bicyclist ran a red light and hit my car in the middle of an intersection. He was injured and wants me to pay his
A: I don't practice in Massachusetts, but your question hasn't been picked up in four weeks. In many jurisdictions, bicyclists are subject to the same rights and duties as motor vehicles, which generally means compliance with the same traffic regulations. An attorney familiar with motor vehicle & traffic law in your state could advise you more meaningfully. Tim Akpinar
Q. can I sue vinyl siding contractor for faulty work that has rottted my house
A: I don't practice in North Carolina but your question hasn't been picked up in four weeks. Based on the limited facts here, a North Carolina attorney would likely have further questions, in terms of how the determination was made that it was the contractor's workmanship or materials that was responsible for the rot. In general, people can sue for any number of reasons, but an attorney in your state who could examine the matter in further detail might be able to provide more insight as to the merits of such a case. Tim Akpinar
Q. Are you required to have an autopsy performed to be successful in a wrongful death claim?
A: No, but they can be ordered if the circumstances of death are suspicious. Tim Akpinar
Q. If someone is walking down the middle of a highway and they get hit by a car and die, what happens to the driver
A: It could depend on the results of the investigation. Tim Akpinar
Q. What is difference between mediation and arbitration
A: Arbitration is generally binding, while a mediator generally tries to assist the disputing parties toward a resolution without rendering a binding decision. This is more or less a fundamental attribute that distinguishes the two alternate dispute resolution techniques from one another across the nation. There can be deeper differences governed by state law, the rules of the forums, etc. If this concerns an actual situation about which you need legal guidance, consult with a Georgia attorney who handles arbitrations/mediations. Tim Akpinar
Q. Is an owner allowed to sue me, if the contractor skipped out on the job? I'm just a sub-contractor.
A: I do not practice in Illinois, but your question hasn't been picked up in four weeks. It could depend on the way in which the contract was drafted. Tim Akpinar
Q. My mother got shocked due to touching an exposed lamp wire at a hotel that wasn't easily noticeable. She sustained
A: It could be the hotel and/or the lamp manufacturer, depending on the circumstances of how the wire came to be exposed. You could consult with a Connecticut attorney who could investigate the matter further and review the medical records. Tim Akpinar
Q. How far out does a boat have to be for federal law to apply to an injury?
A: The criteria is one more about the nature of the waters than of distance. Maritime law can apply to an injury that takes place on something known as "navigable waters," which carries with it the attribute of interstate nexus. Therefore a boat operating off the East Coast, West Coast, adjoining gulfs, or sounds can fulfill this requirement. It doesn't have to be 100 miles offshore. Tim Akpinar
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