Dedicated Florida Admiralty and Maritime Injury Attorneys Represent Injured Seamen
Skilled lawyers assist Jones Act sailors, offshore workers and longshoremen in the Miami area after accidents
Because of the dangers they face, sailors are provided with some of the strongest legal protections of any workers in the country. The Jones Act entitles injured seamen to remedies that are not available to other workers hurt on the job. Workers on drilling rigs and oil platforms are often covered by the Death on the High Seas Act (DOHSA) and general maritime law. Dockworkers can seek remedies under the Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act (LHWCA). At SB Law Group, PLLC, our attorneys educate injured clients in the Miami area and throughout Florida on their rights and aggressively pursue compensation they are owed by their employer.
Proven advocates assert the rights of sailors under the Jones Act
Rather than being subject to the workers’ compensation laws of Florida, seamen are treated as wards of the state and entitled to the specific federal protections laid out in the Jones Act. To qualify as a Jones Act seaman, you must work on a vessel and be injured while acting in service to that vessel. Seamen are eligible to receive “maintenance and cure,” which consists of an allowance and medical treatment until they have reached maximum medical improvement (MMI). Seamen bringing an unseaworthiness claim often receive damages for pain and suffering as well as past and future lost wages. Our skillful attorneys at SB Law Group, PLLC will work to prove that you qualify as a Jones Act seaman, regardless of whether you are a United States citizen.
Determined lawyers seek justice for other injured maritime workers
Because the Jones Act only applies to certain workers, your case may instead fall under the general maritime law that allows for negligence claims. Our attorneys will help you understand which laws apply in your case. The LHWCA applies to maritime workers who were injured on land in Florida as well as dockworkers and stevedores. It functions like a national workers’ compensation system. DOHSA allows the family of maritime workers to seek compensation for their deaths when they were killed due to negligence at sea. Our attorneys work closely with clients to make sure they understand their rights under federal and state laws.
Contact established Florida attorneys for help with a maritime injury claim
If you are a seaman or maritime worker who’s suffered an injury, it is important that you seek out a law firm with maritime injury experience. The Florida maritime injury attorneys at SB Law Group, PLLC have experience fighting to get maritime workers the compensation they’re entitled to. Call us at (786) 277-7285 or contact us online to arrange a consultation.