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. If you’ve been injured in a maritime or other water-based accident, contact an experienced Florida maritime injury lawyer today.
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, wrongful death can occur.