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Palm Beach and West Palm Beach have nearly 50 miles of coastline and the Intracoastal Waterway meandering though the county is lined by mansions and yachts of the rich and famous. As you might expect, the city and surrounding area offers some of the world’s best boating, sailing, scuba diving, snorkeling, kayaking and fishing.
The Port of Palm Beach itself is located in Riviera Beach, 80 miles north of Miami and 135 miles south of Port Canaveral. The port plays a major role in the local economy, contributing $260 million in business revenue and generating approximately 2,400 jobs directly and indirectly. The Port of Palm Beach processes more than 7 billion in commodities and ranks as the 18th busiest container port in the continental United States. The majority of the cargo passing through the Port of Palm Beach is exported, with the port supplying 60 percent of all products consumed in the Bahamas.
In addition to cargo shipping, the Port of Palm Beach also serves as the home port for the Bahamas Paradise Cruise Lines. Each day of the week, the cruise line offers passengers a 2-day trip to Grand Bahama Island aboard its ship, the Grand Celebration.
Although the Port of Palm Beach is a major contributor to the economies of Palm Beach and West Palm Beach, serious accidents and injuries take place in and around the port every year. Many of these accidents involve maritime workers who were injured due to employer negligence or while working on unseaworthy vessels. Jobs in the maritime industry are very physically demanding and put workers at risk for serious injuries. Some of the more common dangers that harbor workers, seamen and other maritime workers are exposed to include slip and falls, drownings or near-drownings, crane and forklift accidents, ship fires and electrocutions.
Cruise ship passengers departing from the Port of Palm Beach, along with boaters, jet skiers, scuba divers and other individuals enjoying the beautiful waters of Palm Beach County, are also at risk for being involved in serious accidents. Unfortunately, when you are injured in this type of accident, it can be extraordinarily difficult to obtain the compensation and care you need to deal with your injuries and recover to the fullest extent possible. These cases tend to involve complex legal principles and are best handled by a team of lawyers with specific experience handling maritime accident claims.
At Brais Law Firm, we are very familiar with the many obstacles that maritime workers, cruise passengers, recreational boaters and other people who have been injured on or near the water face when making an accident claim. Our Miami law office is located one hour north of the Port of Palm Beach and our attorneys routinely handle cruise ship passenger and crew, boating, yachting, scuba diving and other maritime-related claims occurring in the Palm Beach and West Palm Beach area. We are a highly respected team of maritime lawyers who are dedicated to helping clients get the compensation they deserve for their injuries.
If you have been injured in an accident at the Port of Palm Beach or in and around the waters of Palm Beach County, the attorneys at Brais Law Firm can help you understand your legal options. Our firm offers free case evaluations to people who have been hurt in all types of maritime and personal injury cases. Call us today to schedule an appointment with a lawyer experienced in handling maritime industry, cruise ship, boating and other accident cases in the Palm Beach County region.