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Maritime Law Attorneys in Sarasota, FL

Sarasota, FL Maritime Law

2222 South Tamiami Trail
Sarasota, FL 34239

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Sarasota, FL Maritime Law

Maritime law is complex and covers a broad range of purposes, from protecting the health of maritime workers to regulating recreational boating. It’s especially important when it comes to keeping people safe.

Florida was home to the most boating accidents in the country last year. Meanwhile, sea workers, boat operators, dock workers, ship builders, and other maritime workers can have difficult and dangerous jobs, and face potentially hazardous conditions every day. 

If you or a close relative were injured on a maritime job or in a boating accident, the Sarasota Morgan & Morgan team can help. We understand the intricacies of maritime law and can fight for the compensation you deserve. To learn more, fill out our free, no-obligation case evaluation form today.

Sarasota Recreational Boating Accidents

Negligent boat operators can be responsible for serious accidents, sometimes resulting in death or debilitating injuries. Some examples of reckless boating include:

  • Operating under the influence of drugs or alcohol
  • Driving at excessive speeds
  • Failure to have proper safety equipment onboard
  • Colliding with other boats, fixed objects, or people
  • Operating in poor weather conditions
  • Overloading the vessel with people or cargo
  • Not following Florida’s boating laws and regulations

The Jones Act

Maritime workers are covered by their own set of laws to protect their livelihood. The Merchant Marine Act of 1920 (better known as the Jones Act) provides offshore workers with the right to recover compensation immediately after suffering an injury.

The Jones Act requires maritime employers to pay for medical care and living expenses (known as “maintenance and cure”) for any worker injured on the job, no matter who was at fault. The law also ensures that offshore workers can pursue negligence claims against their employers if they feel they were working in an unsafe environment.

Longshore and Harbor Workers Compensation Act

The Longshore and Harbor Workers Compensation Act (LHWCA) is a federal law that covers onshore maritime workers, including stevedores, ship builders, and longshore workers, among others. The law ensures that workers receive medical care, disability compensation, and death benefits from injuries arising at work.

If you are an onshore maritime worker and you believe you are being denied compensation for an injury that should be covered by the LHWCA, contact one of our Sarasota Morgan & Morgan lawyers. Our team has the knowledge, experience, and resources to pursue any compensation you have been unjustly denied.

Contact an Experienced Morgan & Morgan Maritime Attorney

With all the federal and state laws that cover maritime workers, navigating whether or not you have a claim after an injury can be very difficult. Hiring an experienced attorney can make it easier, and increase your odds to recover the compensation you deserve.

If you have suffered an injury on the job, we’re here to help. There is no upfront fee and we only get paid if you win. Fill out our free case evaluation form and one of our attorneys will research your case and get in touch with you

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