Maritime Accident Claims
REPRESENTING INDUSTRY WORKERS
The maritime industry is one of the most dangerous industries in the entire world. Not only are offshore workers subject to dangerous sea and weather conditions, but they are also placed into close proximity with heavy equipment. This work environment can lead to a large variety of injuries and accidents-from falling on a slippery or crowded deck to being hit by a falling object. While, state workers’ compensation laws do not extend to cover these offshore workers, their rights are still protected by applicable maritime laws.
PROTECTIONS FOR MARITIME WORKERS
Accidents that occur offshore fall under a specific branch of personal injury law known as maritime law. These laws are designed to protect the rights of both maritime workers, as well as people who are hurt in recreational accidents (such as those hurt on personal watercraft).
For example, maritime workers who work in docks, harbors, and shipyards are protected by the Longshore & Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act (LHWCA), which is administered by the U.S. Department of Labor. This section of maritime law provides protection to more than 500,000 maritime workers, including protection for employment-injury and occupational-diseases.
To be eligible for the benefits offered under the LHWCA, maritime workers will need to pass a collection of tests to prove that the hurt individual was an employee who suffered injury while working upon navigable waters or in adjoining areas.
Other offshore workers are protected by the Merchant Marine Act of 1920-more simply known as the Jones Act. This is a U.S. federal statute that provides formalized protection for seamen injured while working offshore. Under this law, injured sailors (as well as their spouses and dependents) can file a lawsuit to recover damages; these damages can include maintenance and cure to cover wages, housing, and more.
HOW PENNEKAMP LAW CAN HELP PROTECT YOUR MARITIME ACCIDENTS
At Pennekamp Law, our Maritime specialists can help injured longshoremen, as well as offshore workers, to recover the just compensation that they deserve. Some of the maritime claims and cases Pennekamp Law specializes in include:
- Scuba diving accidents
- Personal watercraft accidents
- Jet Ski accidents
- Ferry boat collisions
- Boat collisions
- Accidents on the Bimini SuperFast Day Cruise
- Fellow crewmember assaults
- Other seaman assaults
WHY CHOOSE PENNEKAMP LAW?
- We offer free case consultations for our clients
- We have recovered multi-million dollar settlements and verdicts for our clients
- We won one of Florida’s largest personal injury settlements
- Our clients do not need to pay unless we secure a recovery for them
- Our clients and our local community are our top priority
- Our clients are treated as family with the utmost respect
To learn more about how to file a Maritime Accident Injury claim, please call us at (305) 998-5595 or simply submit your case below, and one of our Team Members will be with you shortly. All our Team Members are waiting for your call, and are available to speak with you in either English or Spanish.
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Enter your contact information below and provide us with a brief summary of How you were injured so we can know how to better handle your case. Once we hear from you, one of our qualified team members will contact you within 24 hours to schedule your free consultation with one of our award winning attorneys. It is really that simple.