About the Florida Panhandle

The Florida Panhandle is the narrow strip of land running approximate 200 miles long 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 and includes the cities of Pensacola, Destin and Panama City. 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.

Many Florida Panhandle Tourists and Residents Experience Water Recreation Related Accidents

With so many visitors and residents taking advantage of the Panhandle’s waters, boating and other water-related accidents are a frequent occurrence. These types of accident claims involve complicated laws requiring assistance from an experienced maritime injury attorney. The attorneys with Brais Law Firm have decades of combined experience litigating all types of water-related injury lawsuits, including cases involving boating, diving, jet skiing and other watercraft accidents. We fully understand the complex laws covering these types of claims and are prepared to put our skills and knowledge to work for you.

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When it Comes to Knowledge of Maritime Law, We're at the Top of the Class

At Brais Law Firm, we know firsthand just how dangerous the maritime industry can be. Attorney Keith Brais holds three U.S. Coast Guard licenses and spent over seven years working on offshore drilling platforms. As a Florida Bar board certified maritime law attorney, he combines his legal expertise with real world industry experience to provide superior representation to clients injured in all kinds of maritime accidents. We are dedicating to giving each client who comes to us individualized care and tenacious legal representation when it comes to getting the compensation you need.

Michelle Y. Gurian, maritime injury lawyer

Whether Your Case Ends in Settlement or Goes to Trial, We Put in the Work to Get You a Positive Outcome

If you are injured while participating in activities in the Florida Panhandle, you should consult a maritime lawyer with us for assistance with your case.  Accidents involving maritime laws can be complicated.  The lawyers at Brais Law Firm have decades of experience handling maritime cases specific to the Florida Panhandle.

The Panhandle is Home to Several Key Ports and Harbors in Florida

Beyond its recreational offerings, the Florida Panhandle is home to the Port of Pensacola, Port Panama City and Port St. Joe. Established in 1754, the Port of Pensacola is a full-service port offering 50 acres of terminals and facilities to national, international and multi-national shippers. Port Panama City is a growing port that handles over 1.7 million tons of cargo yearly and provides key support services for several manufacturing companies. Port St. Joe is a deep-water seaport that handles bulk and cargo shipments and offers easy access to rail services, intracoastal water, and state and U.S. highways

We Represent Maritime Workers Injured While on the Job

The working conditions at ports and harbors in the Florida panhandle and around the globe put seamen, crew member, longshoremen and other maritime workers at risk for injuries every day. Vessel collisions, loading accidents involving defective cranes and forklifts, and commercial fishing mishaps are just a few of the events that can result in catastrophic injuries. Whether you have been hurt while working onshore at a Panhandle area port or offshore on a vessel, you deserve to receive fair compensation for your injuries. In many cases, these types of accidents could have been prevented if employers and operators had taken appropriate measures to protect their workers.

Examples of Accidents Leading to Compensatory Damages for Injured Maritime Workers

  • Falling offboard while making repairs to a ship
  • Collisions with other vessels on the navigable waters
  • Accidents that occur onshore while loading and unloading vessels
  • And other vessel-related accidents
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FAQs: Pursuing Compensation for Maritime Accidents

How Long Do I Have to File an Injury Claim?

I’m Having Trouble Filing an Injury Claim with My Employer and Can’t Afford an Attorney—What are My Options?

How Do I Prove that Another Party was Responsible for My Injuries?

How Long Do I Have to File an Injury Claim?

The specifics of your case determine how long you have to file a claim, so do not delay in getting the help of a maritime lawyer. Maritime accident and other personal injury claims are often governed by strict statutes of limitation. This means that if you fail to act in time, you may be permanently barred from pursuing a lawsuit against the parties responsible for your injuries.

I’m Having Trouble Filing an Injury Claim with My Employer and Can’t Afford an Attorney—What are My Options?

We work on a contingency fee basis, which means that if we don’t win your case for you, you pay nothing. If you are injured while working on or offshore a vessel in the Panhandle, the experienced maritime lawyers at Brais Law Firm can evaluate your claim and advise you of your rights to ensure you receive the compensation you deserve.

How Do I Prove that Another Party was Responsible for My Injuries?

Besides taking photos of your injuries and where it happened, getting witness’s contact information, and keeping a copy of doctor’s reports, the most straightforward way to ensure negligence is proven is by getting the help of a lawyer. We know how to get maintenance records, witness statements, and other evidence for your case to clearly show who was at fault.

Schedule Your Case Evaluation at Brais Law Now and Find Out What We Can Do for Your Injury Case

We have decades of experience with claims involving personal injury or death on navigable waters. Contact the maritime attorneys at Brais Law Firm for assistance with your 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.

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