Helping victims of maritime accidents and their families
The men and women who work on ships put their lives on the line every day. Unfortunately, their employers don't always take necessary steps to keep those workers safe. In one high-profile case, our law firm is representing the wife of a man killed on the El Faro, a cargo ship that sank while traveling from Jacksonville to Puerto Rico. Our client, Tina Riehm, was featured in a 60 Minutes story about the tragedy.
Likewise, people who enjoy leisure time on the water face many of the same risks that motorists do on the road. Drunk, impaired or distracted operators. Vehicles with shoddy manufacturing or design defects. There's always the potential for a collision or other accident that causes serious injury, and because it can be hard to seek medical help under some circumstances, those injuries can be even deadlier.
The laws governing these accidents are complex, and proving negligence in maritime cases can be difficult. Evidence disappears quickly on the water, and the companies involved have substantial resources on their side. But our attorneys have a proven track record of overcoming those challenges and building winning legal cases.
We help our victims navigate the complex laws surrounding maritime injuries
Jones Act Claims: Injuries sustained by offshore workers are governed by different laws than most on-the-job injuries. A federal law called the Jones Act allows injured offshore workers and their families to bring claims based on negligence on the part of their employers or the unseaworthiness of a vessel. Our law firm has extensive experience handling Jones Act claims, including a $2.6 million recovery for a seaman who fell from a tugboat mast.
Negligence Claims: Negligence laws apply on the water just as they do on the road and in places of business. You may have a claim against the operator of a boat who was distracted, reckless, or boating under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Or you may be able to take legal action against someone who failed to properly maintain a boat. In one case, we recovered a multi-million-dollar settlement for a man injured in a fall from a houseboat due to a negligently prepared safety and instruction video.
Product Liability Claims: Many boating and maritime injuries are rooted in issues with the vehicles and products people use on the water. A negligently designed boat or boat component may cause an accident that leads to serious injuries. In one such case, we recovered $2.2 million for leg injuries when a defective boat engine exploded. In another, we recovered $3 million in a wrongful death claim due to carbon monoxide poisoning; the culprit in this case was an improperly designed and installed cabin alarm.
Recovering fair compensation for the injured
Maritime accidents and injuries are often serious, sometimes fatal. Because offshore work is often physically intensive, any permanent injury could spell the end of a worker's career. Even for those who don't work on the water, the consequences of a boating accident can be just as serious. Between medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering and other losses, the impact on your life can be permanent and catastrophic.
Recovering fair compensation in a boating or maritime accident case is rarely easy. The responsible parties are often big businesses with significant resources to fight back against an injury claim. Our attorneys know how to gather evidence and build strong cases against those defendants. We'll work with you to help rebuild your life after the accident - and send a strong message to those who cause offshore injuries that they need to be responsible for their dangerous actions.
If you've been injured or lost a loved one in a boating or maritime accident, you need to contact an experienced attorney as soon as possible. You need to give us a call at 904-358-8881. Our lawyers will listen to your story and build a winning legal strategy to help you fight for fair compensation and start the process of rebuilding your life. We would be honored to meet with you for a free case evaluation.