Taking Action for Offshore Injuries
Admiralty and maritime law cases raise many complex legal issues. To pursue a claim after a disaster on the navigable waterways of the United States, it is important to understand the unique body of law that applies to ships and vessels. Laws exist to protect injured crew members and seamen from throughout the world and those who have been hurt should seek help from an experienced admiralty and maritime attorney. Rash Mueller is recognized among clients and peers for providing skilled legal representation to those who sustain injuries in maritime accidents and injuries. If you or a loved one was killed or injured while working in the service of a vessel, our Weston admiralty and maritime claims attorneys are here to help. Contact us today to learn more about the legal assistance we can provide.
- Hospital Malpractice
- Birth Injuries
- Medical Malpractice
- Class Actions & Mass Torts
- Maritime Claims
- Jones Act Claims
- Tractor Trailer Crashes
A variety of laws apply to offshore injuries, including the Jones Act, General Maritime Law of the United States, and the Death on the High Seas Act. Understanding which law applies in your situation is the first step towards making a claim for damages after you or a loved one suffers an offshore injury. Since traditional workers’ compensation and personal injury laws do not generally apply to injuries on sea vessels or offshore rigs, and it is essential to learn how to protect your legal rights when an injury happens.
Often, those offshore employees work in labor-intensive jobs, and an injury or accident can effectively end a maritime career. The Jones Act and General Maritime Law of the United States can provide comprehensive damages to injured seamen hurt while working in the service of a vessel, including compensation for maintenance and cure, and medical care.
Those making a Jones Act claim, unseaworthiness claim, maintenance and cure claim, or other injury claim under maritime and admiralty laws must understand the strict time limit and proof requirements established under these laws. Thus, those who have been harmed or who have lost a loved one should seek legal representation to protect their legal rights.
Our maritime disaster attorneys can assist you in:
- Jones Act claims: This federal law gives seamen who have been injured on the job rights to sue their employers for personal injury damages. To qualify as a seaman, you must spend a significant amount of time working on a vessel considered to be “in navigation.” To be in navigation, a vessel must be afloat, in operation, capable of moving, and on navigable waters.
- Unseaworthiness claims: Seamen who are injured while on a vessel that is not seaworthy can file a claim against the owner or operator of the vessel. Operators can be held liable in these claims even if negligence didn’t contribute to injuries.
- Maintenance and cure claims: Maintenance and cure are benefits that injured seamen receive after injuries, regardless of whose fault the injury was. Maintenance refers to room and board for seamen while recovering, while cure includes medical expenses and transportation to acquire treatment.
Because Florida is nearly completely surrounded by water, it’s common for our team to handle cases connected to the Law of the Sea. Florida’s seaports have more cruise ship passengers than any other state. Our attorneys represent seamen and crew in a variety of claims arising from maritime injuries. A top litigator named among the Top 100 Trial Lawyers in the nation, Rash Mueller is familiar with the nuances of maritime and admiralty law. Jeff Mueller has also successfully settled many wrongful death and maritime claims.
The firm has represented seamen from around the world, including Canada, Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, El Salvador, Costa Rica, Panama, Colombia, Peru, Ecuador, Chile, Jamaica, St. Vincent, Spain, Italy, Croatia, Ukraine, India, Bulgaria, Indonesia, and Australia.