Admiralty and Maritime law is a specialized body of substantive and procedural law governing activities at sea and in other navigable waters.
Our admiralty and maritime practice includes: general maritime law, boating accidents, Jones Act, Death on the High Seas Act, the Longshoremen and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act, boat manufacturing liability, diving and offshore injuries, marine insurance, inland marine law, international maritime law, marine insurance, salvage, maritime commercial law, maritime contracts, maritime finance, maritime liens, maritime negligence, products liability, property damage, seaman’s claims and shipyard litigation.
Jones Act and Injured Seamen Claims
When a crew member is injured, he or she is entitled to relief under the Jones Act and General Maritime law. The Jones Act is a federal statute which provides protection to persons who are crew members on a ship or vessel. It also applies to inland river workers and offshore workers. The Jones Act governs the liability for vessel operators and marine employers for work related injuries and deaths of its employees. The Jones Act provides an injured crew member with a remedy against his/her employer for injuries arising from negligent acts of the employer that occur on board the ship or vessel during the course of employment. Injured crew members can also recover under General Maritime Law. This includes maintenance and cure (food and lodging during the recuperation period and reasonable medical expenses). General Maritime Law also provides a tort remedy based on unseaworthiness which is a strict-liability claim against the vessel owner to make sure the ship is reasonably fit for its intended purpose.
Our attorneys have experience representing marinas in Florida on a number of legal issues unique to marine businesses. These include maritime liens and collection of funds due for yacht repair and services, liability for breach of warranty, environmental matters, salvage claims and defenses, and defense of claims for defective repairs and work.
We also represent owners of pleasure and commercial vessels on issues unique to owners of vessels, including but not limited to, maritime liens, hurricane and storm damage claims, formation of offshore entities, offshore closings, insurance disputes, and crew claims for injury as well as wages.
The admiralty and maritime laws that are applicable to these areas are very specialized and complex. Our attorneys can assist you in understanding your rights and responsibilities.
Please call us today at 954-564-8446 to schedule a free, no obligation consultation.