Surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean to the East and the Gulf of Mexico to West, Florida is a premier destination for water enthusiasts. From recreational boating, fishing and diving to disembarking on a cruise vacation, people across the U.S. and around the globe flock to Florida to take advantage of an endless range of water-based activities.
In addition to its recreational offerings, Florida also serves as a hub for the maritime industry. Maritime activities account for approximately 13 percent of the state’s gross domestic product, with cargo and cruise activities at Florida’s public seaports contributing over $117 billion in economic value to the state’s economy. Seaports across the state create close to 900,000 jobs directly and indirectly, and maritime industry activities contribute more than $4 billion in state and local taxes.
With so many commercial and recreational activities taking place on the ocean, as well as lakes, rivers and other waterways, maritime and other water-based accidents are a far too common occurrence in Florida. These types of unfortunate events can result in serious bodily harm. Many victims suffer long-term injuries requiring extensive high-cost medical care, and in the worst-case scenarios, a wrongful death can occur.
Representing Florida Maritime Accident Victims
The Florida maritime lawyers at Brais Law Firm have vast experience handling boating, cruise ship and other maritime accident claims. We represent people who have been injured in all types of accidents occurring in and around Florida’s ports, harbors and navigable waters, including the following areas:
- The Florida Keys (Key Largo to Key West)
- Ft. Lauderdale & Port Everglades
- Fort Myers, Sanibel & Captiva
- Miami & Biscayne Bay
- Palm Beach & West Palm Beach
- Sarasota & Venice
- Tampa Bay
Whether you have suffered a personal injury on a cruise ship, been the victim of sexual assault or rape, or were involved in a Jet Ski, powerboat or other watercraft collision, our firm’s maritime lawyers are prepared to handle your claim from start to finish. Our lawyers also routinely represent Jones Act seamen, crew members, dock and harbor workers and other maritime employees who are injured aboard cruise ships, ferries, tugs and barges, tankers and other vessels.
Accident and injury cases involving cruise ships, boats and other vessels or employment in the maritime industry require an attorney with specialized legal knowledge and expertise. These claims typically fall within a unique and often obscure body of federal and state laws and regulations known as admiralty and maritime law. The lawyers at Brais Law Firm have extensive experience handling these types of cases and Attorney Keith Brais is board certified by the Florida Bar as an expert in the field of admiralty and maritime law.
Injured at a Port, Harbor or on the Water in Florida? Discuss Your Case With a Florida Maritime Injury Attorney
If your or someone you love has been injured in a boating, cruise ship, diving, or maritime employment accident, we encourage you to contact Brais Law Firm today. Our lawyers offer free case evaluations to people who have been injured while on the water and/or at Florida’s ports and harbors. To schedule a consultation, call us today at 800-499-0551 or complete our online contact form.