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Maritime Accident Claims
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 very heavy, and extremely dangerous equipment. When put together, these two variables create a work environment can lead to a larger variety of injuries and accidents ranging from falling on a slippery deck to being struck by a piece of heavy equipment.
Although the compensation laws in Florida do not extend to cover offshore workers, there are maritime laws in place that are still in place to protect your rights. We know the law. If you have been injured while working on a boat, dock, or freighter in the maritime industry, Contact Pennekamp Law today to schedule your FREE consultation with your attorney so we can help you get the financial compensation you deserve.
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 like jet ski or ski boat.
Also, 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 related injuries 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 an 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 workers (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.
Do Not Wait To Submit Your Case
With strict statute of limitations set on maritime injuries, it is important you quickly seek experienced legal counsel if you have been hurt in any way. Despite the lack of cooperation you may experience from your employer or the insurance companies, the team at Pennekamp Law is here to help you in the pursuit of justice and financial compensation.
We have experience with the complexities of these personal injury cases relating to maritime injuries, and can help you gain the money you need to cover the medical costs of your injuries for both now and into the future. Contact Pennekamp Law today and schedule your FREE consultation, and to learn more about how we can help you seek a favorable settlement.
Types Of Maritime Accidents
Offshore conditions are widely known for causing dangerous situations for maritime workers. While the weather can cause hazardous situations, the nature of the work can result in unsafe working conditions as well. Slippery surfaces, broken stairs, defective ladders, and even heavy equipment can lead to an offshore employee suffering a maritime accident.
An accident can be classified as a maritime accident if the victim received the injury or incurred a loss as a result of the maritime accident. Types of maritime accidents range:
- Burn Injuries – Burn injuries can be caused by exposure to the sun, chemicals, fires, severe heat, or even steam. Most severe burns will require medical attention. These injuries can range in severity from mild to life threatening.
- Broken Bones – Long-term treatment of broken bones an include immobilization, which can include anything from a plaster cast to a splint or even surgical nails and wires. In some cases, surgery is needed to implant more permanent forms of immobilization.
- Head Injuries – A head injury is any type of injury that affects a person’s face, head, skull, or brain. Fatal head injuries can occur without the victim even knowing how badly they are injured. This occurs when the victim is struck suddenly and suffers partial memory loss.
- Impaired Vision – Injuries that cause impaired vision or blindness create lifetimes of struggle for victims. If you suffered an eye injury, you may have discovered that it alters your entire way of life, which is why you deserve the maximum compensation for your needs.
- Loss Of A Limb – An amputation can be caused immediately from the occurrence of the accident, or it can be the result of the traumatic injury that requires a limb to be removed to help save the life of the victim from a fatal infection.
- Spinal Cord Injuries – Spinal cord injuries are serious as they can lead to paralysis, the inability to work, and the inability to live a normal life. Many harbor workers and crew members with spinal cord injuries are not able to return to their former occupation, or their way of life.
Pennekamp Law has proudly served hundreds of hundreds of victims of maritime accidents throughout Southern Florida, including residents of Broward, Miami-Dade, and Monroe Counties. We are committed and dedicated to representing the citizens of Florida that have unfortunately had a maritime accident. Our attorneys help victims gain the justice and restitution they deserve for their injuries and losses.
With decades of combined experience, our attorneys have been able to help clients in a wide range of accident and injury cases, many of which being related to maritime injuries. If you are suffering due to a maritime accident, make sure you contact us today to schedule your FREE consultation to get the compensation you deserve. We specializes in maritime accidents and we look forward to hearing about your case.
You Deserve Compensation
Many people do not realize that they can recover more than just the medical costs to heal the physical damages caused by their maritime related injury. There are additional costs such as health care, therapy, pain, suffering, and other losses that can be paid for by the defendant’s insurance company when legal action is taken. If you were injured in a maritime accident, some of the items you are entitled to receive compensation for can include:
- Loss of employment
- Time missed from work
- Interest losses
- Medical bills
- Therapy costs
- Mental suffering
- Physical pain
- Emotional suffering
Remember, the main goal of the insurance companies is to offer you the lowest payment possible to settle your claim, and make it nearly impossible for you to increase the settlement amount. Our goal is the exact opposite – We fight to get you the most amount of compensation and restitution you deserve to live a painless and financially free life, for the rest of your life, despite the seriousness of your injuries.
Regardless of how severe the maritime injury, Pennekamp Law will provide you with the legal representation you need to be adequately compensated. Our experienced and dedicated legal team will be available to provide you with the knowledgeable counsel and sincere support you need. Call us today if you would like to share with us the cause and effect of the maritime incident you experienced, and the pain and suffering you have had to endure as a result of it.
We Are Here For You
One of the most difficult requirements we face as attorneys is to place a value on the life and well being of someone who has suffered from a tragedy such as a maritime injury. Pennekamp Law has been able to successfully overcome this challenge, and all of our maritime injury clients we have represented have been generously compensated for their losses as a result.
As an example, we recently had a case involving an accident where our client burned his arm when working on an oil rigger just off the coast of Florida. Our legal team was able to get him amply compensated for his medical bills, loss of work, all future medical bills, and of course compensation for his pain and suffering. Our purpose is to help our clients in the pursuit of their well being beginning with maximum compensation.
Pennekamp Law has decades of combined experience in in cases such as maritime injury cases and have been listed in Best Lawyers® magazine consecutively over the last ten years. In addition, our firm has received numerous awards for our record breaking settlements and recognition for our uncontested legal victories in court. In summary, you can be confident in our experience and count on us to handle your Maritime Injury claim.
Contact Pennekamp Law
We have represented clients injured in a wide range of accidents and can utilize this experience and insight to assist with your case. You can rest assured knowing that our firm always has your best interests in mind. Whether we have to fiercely advocate on your behalf in court or need to tactfully negotiate a settlement with the insurance company, our legal team can do it all.
- 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
If you had a Maritime related injury in the Southern Florida area, please call us at (305) 998-5595 or submit your case below to have us contact you to schedule your FREE consultation. After you submit your case, one of our appointment setters will call you to arrange a time for you to meet with your attorney to discuss your case in more detail. We are the firm you want to have help you get you the compensation you deserve, and we are happy to speak with you in either English or Spanish.
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