Orlando Maritime Injury Lawyers Helping Onshore and Offshore Accident Victims
Maritime workers that have been injured in a maritime accident, such as seamen, harbor workers, oil rig workers, and other maritime industry employees deserve to recover a fair financial settlement for their injuries. Under maritime admiralty law, each and every maritime worker can pursue financial compensation for any losses they have experienced, including pain and suffering.
Schechter Shaffer & Harris, LLP has helped countless seamen, harbor workers, oil rig workers, military personnel, longshoremen and others secure financial compensation for their injuries. We understand how complex the admiralty laws are regarding these types of cases and how to navigate the complicated legal system accordingly.
If you or a loved one has been injured in an onshore or offshore maritime accident, please do not hesitate to contact our personal injury law firm for assistance. We offer free case evaluations and can help secure your financial future after an accident at sea.
What Is Maritime Law?
Maritime lawyers practice the law as it pertains to navigable fresh waters in the United States, as well as the open water on the coastal lines of the U.S., like the Florida Gulf Coast. Some of this law also pertains to the Great Lakes and even to some waterways that are considered international.
The laws that regulate maritime law include admiralty and maritime jurisdiction, which pertain to the rules of commerce on navigable waters, including rivers, lakes, bays, sounds, and even coastal areas. This type of law is federal in nature because it covers commercial activity that happens upon navigable waters between states or other countries. Marine transactions can occur within a state’s boundaries if they have laws creating special rights for those occupants.
Maritime personal injury cases are among the more complex cases to handle because there are so many moving parts involved with an injury that occurred on the open sea. One of the most important parts of a maritime personal injury claim is to establish fault. Fault can be with either an individual or even a vessel, depending on what caused the accident.
Schechter Shaffer & Harris, LLP has successfully advocated for our clients with their admiralty claims by filing lawsuits against negligent companies and individuals involved in maritime accidents. Get the help you deserve today by reaching out to our Orlando maritime injury law firm today.
What Is the Jones Act?
Maritime attorneys focus on issues that pertain to maritime law, including the Jones Act. The Jones Act allows a maritime lawyer to bring legal actions on the behalf of an injured seaman, against ship owners, ship captains, or other crew members after an accident has occurred. The rules governing who qualifies as a Jones Act seaman as well as what kinds of sea vessels are covered by the Jones Act can be confusing, which is why you need a seasoned offshore injury lawyer on your side.
What Type of Compensation Can I Recover?
For most maritime injury cases, you can recover compensation that includes:
- Medical expenses – This includes the cost of any medical treatment you may need for your injuries. Surgeries, medications, and hospital stays are all recoverable.
- Lost income and lost earning capacity – If you have been off work due to your injuries, you can recover any lost income. You can also recover for any future lost income if your injuries are long-term. If you become disabled, it affects how much money you can earn. As a result, lost earning capacity takes into account what you could have earned with your education, experience and skills had this accident not happened to you. We will ensure that all damages are calculated fairly under maritime law.
- Pain and suffering – Whether or not you are able to go back to work after an accident at sea, pain and suffering awards help compensate you for the emotional distress experienced as a result of being injured. The main goal of our firm is to ensure that our clients receive the most compensation for their injuries.
Schechter Shaffer & Harris, LLP is dedicated to providing top-notch legal representation to injured clients who have sustained injuries in Florida waters. Contact our office today for more information about the services we offer and how we can help you with your case.
When Should I File a Claim with a Maritime Injury Lawyer?
The average personal injury or longshoremen lawyer isn’t going to know all the evolving fine points of maritime admiralty law, but the accomplished Orlando maritime attorneys of Schechter, Shaffer & Harris, L.L.P. will. Personal injuries reported by crew members can often be traced to:
- Defective vessel design
- Hazardous ship conditions
- Sunken vessels from leaking oil
- Loss of vessel from poor construction
Our Orlando maritime and offshore injury lawyers have years of experience and vast knowledge of maritime law. Here at Schechter, Shaffer & Harris, L.L.P., we are dedicated to helping victims get the fair compensation that they are entitled to under the Jones Act and other maritime laws. The compensation will cover any losses after the accident, such as medical bills, loss of wages, and pain and suffering.
The dedicated legal team at our maritime law firm can assist you in devising an effective legal strategy, gathering evidence to strengthen your case, and resolving any legal questions that you may have. We are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Contact us today for a free evaluation from a maritime injury attorney in Orlando, FL.