It is known that when it comes to boating in Fort Lauderdale and South Florida, spending time out on the water is a way of life. But boating accidents occur all too often. In 1920, the U.S. Congress enacted the Jones Act, a comprehensive statute that permits seamen of inland and offshore vessels injured during the course of employment by the negligence of a ship owner, master or fellow crew member to recover damages for personal injuries. It is similar to workers’ compensation, but includes many more nuances and complexities and for that reason, is not well understood by vessel owners, insurance companies and attorneys alike. That is why it is key to have an admiralty lawyer on your side that is familiar with the Jones Act.
The Jones Act is very specific in terms of time limitations, but is vague about who is entitled to protection under the Act and what constitutes a vessel. That is why it is crucial to have a maritime injury lawyer who has experience in handling Jones Act cases and the knowledge necessary to fairly evaluate your case and give you sound and accurate advice. You need someone who knows how to prove you fall under Jones Act protection in order to qualify for compensation.
When you call Ginnis & Krathen, you will speak to an experienced maritime accident attorney who will guide you through the complexity of the Jones Act. We pride ourselves on being able to provide our clients with quality, personal attention and for successfully aiding our clients in getting the reimbursement they deserve. Call our Fort Lauderdale personal injury office at (954) 905-4600 or fill out the form below.
Maritime law, otherwise known as Admiralty law, is the law of the water. It is a complex area of law encompassing cruise ship passenger injuries, recreational boating accidents, seaman injuries under the Jones Act, ship fires and much more. Unfortunately, the Jones Act and other maritime law statutes are vague and there are many complications that can arise in cases brought under these laws. It is also troubling to find a qualified and knowledgeable admiralty and maritime attorney.
If you or someone you love was injured while on a cruise, in a boating accident or while employed on a vessel, you need a maritime injury lawyer who can assist you in getting the reimbursement you deserve.
Ginnis & Krathen has years of experience representing victims of maritime injuries. When you call our office you will speak with an experienced maritime accident attorney. You will receive personal care, you will be treated with respect and you will receive top-quality representation to get you the reimbursement you deserve.