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Working in the maritime industry is rewarding and dangerous. Boat operators, fishermen, dockworkers, and others face hazardous conditions on a daily basis. If you are injured at port or sea, the personal injury law firm of Morgan & Morgan can help.
Morgan & Morgan is a national law firm with offices serving injured individuals and workers across the United States. In Tampa, our highly regarded injury lawyers work regularly with those who are hurt on or near navigable waters in Florida.
As one of the busiest ports in North America, Port Tampa Bay handles bulk and break bulk cargo as well as containers. This busy international port throughputs more cargo than any other Florida port, and is also one of the top eight cruise ship ports in the country, moving almost one million passengers per year. Port Tampa Bay and surrounding waters support the livelihood of many workers.
If you are a cruise ship employee, shrimper, shipbuilder, longshoreman dock worker, seaman, or other maritime industry employee, we offer experienced legal representation if you are injured on the job. Contact us today to learn more about how are maritime and admiralty lawyers may be able to help.
Our Jones Act Lawyers Pursue Care and Compensation on Your Behalf
Whether you are a seaman or fisherman who performs loading, dock, or other work, boats and cargo are continually moving and shifting, increasing the risk of serious injury. Because of the nature of maritime and longshore work, the accident claims process for medical care and compensation after an injury is different than a Workers’ Compensation claim.
When injured in the workplace, legislation governs maintenance, care, and other compensation you receive after a maritime injury. Working with a personal injury attorney with extensive knowledge of admiralty law is important to gain the full benefit of the laws designed to protect you.
If you or a loved one suffers injury, some important points to understand include:
- The Merchant Marine Act of 1920: This widely used law is better known as the Jones Act. The Jones Act provides an important cornerstone of protection for merchant marine and the maritime industry. Under the Jones Act, owners and operators are expected to maintain a vessel in seaworthy condition and provide safe working conditions.
- Maintenance and cure: Maintenance and cure are terms that describe the benefits provided to an injured worker to assist in their recovery.
- Longshore and Harbor Worker’s Compensation Act: Maritime workers that are not protected by the Jones Act like stevedores, longshoremen, and ship builders are protected by the Longshore and Harbor Worker’s Compensation Act. Workers in these and similar jobs frequently suffer serious and disabling injuries working on and along navigable waterways.
Speak with experienced maritime accident attorneys in Tampa
With decades of experience with insurance disputes, aviation accidents, and maritime and admiralty law, Morgan & Morgan answers your questions and protects your rights to compensation. Located on Franklin Street in Tampa, we offer a free case consultation. Call us today at (813) 223-5505 to discuss your case.