About the Florida Panhandle
The Florida Panhandle is the narrow strip of land in northwest Florida that borders Alabama, Georgia, and the Gulf of Mexico. The Florida Panhandle is a popular tourist destination known for its charming beach towns and many water-based activities. Many tourists as well as local residents enjoy the beautiful Florida waters taking part in activities such as swimming, jet-skiing, snorkeling, sailing, speed boating, and scuba diving, among other activities.
Maritime Injuries to Tourists and Residents in the Florida Panhandle
With thousands of people enjoying the many beaches and water-based activities in the Panhandle each year, accidents inevitably occur causing a variety of water-related injuries. If you are injured while participating in activities in the Florida Panhandle, you should consult a Florida Panhandle Maritime Lawyer for assistance with your case. Accidents involving maritime laws can be complicated. The maritime lawyers at Brais Law Firm have decades of experience handling maritime cases specific to the Florida Panhandle.
Workers in the Florida Panhandle
In addition to its gorgeous beaches and many attractions and activities, the Florida Panhandle also has numerous ports that receive a variety of shipments daily, bringing maritime employment opportunities to many residents in the area. Because working on vessels in the navigable waters can be dangerous, these workers are at risk for injuries while at work on and offshore.
Examples of accidents that could lead to compensatory damages for injured maritime workers include, but are not limited to: falling offboard while making repairs to a ship, collisions with other vessels on the navigable waters, and accidents that occur onshore while loading and unloading vessels, among other vessel-related accidents.
Maritime workers who perform work on vessels on and offshore are typically covered under either the Jones Act or the Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act (LHWCA).The LHWCA is a federal law that provides compensation to traditional maritime workers (such as shipbuilders and harbor construction workers) disabled from work performed on the navigable waters or in loading or repairing a vessel. The LHWCA also provides survivor benefits to dependents if the employee dies from work-related injuries. The Jones Act provides compensation for crew members injured while working aboard a vessel.
If you are injured while working on or offshore a vessel in the Panhandle, the experienced Florida Panhandle maritime lawyers at Brais Law Firm have decades of experience with maritime claims involving personal injury or death on navigable waters. They can evaluate your claim, and advise you of your rights to ensure you receive the compensation you deserve.
Contact a Florida Panhandle Maritime Lawyer at Brais Law Firm
Contact the maritime attorneys at Brais Law Firm for assistance with your Florida Panhandle maritime injury claim. To reach our lawyers you may click email the firm, call 800-499-0551 from within the U.S., Skype BraisLaw worldwide, or click contact us to select and complete a form for a free evaluation of your case.