Miami Admiralty & Maritime Law Attorneys
Nationally-Recognized Maritime Lawyers in Florida
With its scenic coastlines and warm climate, Florida has a flourishing boating and diving culture. Also, thousands of people depart on cruise ships from Florida each year. While the ocean, bay and intercoastal waterways are enjoyed by many without incident, the waters are unpredictable forces of nature. Sadly, accidents do occur at sea, and they can have fatal consequences.
If you have found yourself in need of help regarding a marine accident, Grossman Roth Yaffa Cohen has a team of maritime and admiralty lawyers ready to help you navigate these complex legal matters.
Our attorney team has been in practice since 1988; in that time, we have encountered the full spectrum of injuries and difficulties that can arise due to marine accidents. In a free consultation, we will discuss the legal options available to you and provide a preliminary valuation of your case.
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What is Maritime Law?
Maritime law deals with the intersection of United States law and international law in relation to accidents, torts, offenses, and any other legal issues that have taken place near or in navigable or international waters. It is an immensely vast practice area.
Although the work of a maritime accident lawyer may seem similar to that of a boating accident attorney, these are two completely different practice areas.
What Are The Statutes of Limitations for Maritime Law?
For maritime and admiralty legal cases, it is likely that you will have to keep multiple statutes in mind. The primary statute that all maritime accident claimants should be aware of is 46 U.S. Code § 30106, which mandates the following:
Except as otherwise provided by law, a civil action for damages for personal injury or death arising out of a maritime tort must be brought within 3 years after the cause of action arose.
Other deadlines and laws that might apply to your case include:
The Death on the High Seas Act (DOHSA), offers families of those who have suffered an untimely death at sea due to another’s actions the ability to file a lawsuit within three years. The law is not limited to boat fatalities, but also applies to fatal aircraft crashes into the sea. In any case, the accident that caused the death must have occurred at least three nautical miles away from national shores
- The Jones Act, which grants any worker injured at sea the right to sue their employer within three years of the date of the accident or the date they should have discovered the injury. Also called the Merchant Marine Act of 1920, it provides maritime employees the chance to seek legal recompense after being harmed by employer negligence.
- The Longshore and Harbor Workers' Compensation Act (LHWCA) requires that a claim be filed within a year of the date of the injury. Longshore workers, shipbuilders, harbor construction workers, and the like may be compensated for any workplace injuries occurring on or nearby national waters through this act. It also allows survivor benefits to be paid to dependents should the worker be wrongfully killed on the job.
How Can a Maritime Lawyer Help?
Grossman Roth Yaffa Cohen has experience in handling maritime legal matters primarily relating to boating accidents, such as when a person causes a crash due to intoxication or a lack of experience or skill. We are knowledgeable in holding those negligent, and even have a firm grasp on the rules and regulations to which vessels in international waters are subject.
Our team can also assist accident victims who have been injured due to defective or missing safety equipment. These cases fall under maritime product liability law, which also governs boats and other vessels that were defectively designed or manufactured.
Maritime product liability is more complicated than other types of defective products cases because vessels are elaborately engineered machines; in a nutshell, finding a defect in a clothing iron is incomparable to finding one in a yacht or cargo ship.
The maritime accident lawyers at our firm can help individuals injured by another’s negligence by utilizing our wealth of knowledge, resources, and experience to research their cases and discern the important details from the inconsequential.
Trust an Experienced Maritime Attorney Team
Since maritime and admiralty law can be very complex and difficult to understand, working with an attorney skilled in this area of practice is generally the best course of action. We will help you build your claim from the bottom up and reinforce its strengths, as well as expedite the process.
At Grossman Roth Yaffa Cohen, we never settle for less. We will fight for your maximum amount of legal compensation, which could cover medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, disability, and more. Do not let negligent parties cheat you out of what they legally owe you. Preserve your rights with the help of an acclaimed attorney.
Consult a Miami maritime accident lawyer at Grossman Roth Yaffa Cohen. Call (866) 629-1061 today.
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Changing Lives by Changing The Law
Since our firm opened, we've made it our mission to get justice for our clients and their families. We've not only taken on cases that other firms had turned down, but we've also fought to get unjust laws and restrictions overturned or modified.
A Team of Legal Professionals
Complex legal cases require extensive research, trial experience, and industry knowledge, which is why we always have a team of attorneys working on every case we take on. Our team-centric approach to litigation means that we're able to really focus on getting our clients the best possible outcome.
There Are No Upfront Legal Fees
We handle all of our claims on a contingency fee basis and will handle all legal fees, court costs, and expert fees related to your specific case. With decades of experience in this industry, we have a wealth of experts we work with routinely to ensure your case is handled with the utmost care.
We Understand the Medicine
Our attorneys not only take the time to understand the evidence in your case, but also the pathology and medical techniques used in your specific situation. We believe that any attorney that takes on these types of cases needs to be on equal footing with medical professionals and physicians.