Located in Northeast Florida, Jacksonville is home to miles of pristine beaches and waterways. The Atlantic Ocean, St. Johns River and the intracoastal waterways offer endless water activities to residents and visitors alike. From boating, kayaking and fishing to surfing and diving, Jacksonville is a popular destination for water enthusiasts.
With so many residents and tourists enjoying the waters of Jacksonville, boating accidents and other maritime incidents occur far more often than most people might imagine. Excessive speed, drug and alcohol use, inexperienced operators, cell phones and other distractions are just a few of the factors that are to blame for serious and deadly incidents. People who are injured on the ocean or other bodies of water often discover that their claims are governed by maritime law – a complex body of laws that govern activities and legal disputes originating on navigable waters. Because these types of cases can be extraordinarily complex, they are best handled by a Jacksonville maritime lawyer with specific knowledge and expertise in this highly specialized legal field.
Brais Law Firm offers a team of lawyers with deep experience handling maritime accident and injury claims. Attorney Keith Brais has obtained board certification from the Florida Bar as a legal expert in the field of maritime and admiralty law. He has a full understanding of the unique challenges associated with maritime accident claims and will pursue all legal avenues available to ensure that you receive maximum compensation for your injuries.
The Port of Jacksonville (JXPORT) is in northeast Jacksonville, less than 15 miles away from the Jacksonville International Airport. As one of the newer ports in the nation, JAXPORT handled 8.2 million tons of cargo this past year. The port contributes $27 billion to the regional economy and ranks as the number one U.S. port handling trade with Puerto Rico. The Port of Jacksonville is one of only 16 ports in the nation (and the sole port in Florida) that are designated as US Strategic Ports on-call to transport military cargo for national defense. JAXPORT and its partners handle a diverse range of cargo, from dry and liquid commodities to automobiles, recreational boats and construction equipment. The port is the number one container port complex in Florida and ranks as a top vehicle-handling port in the United States.
In addition to its cargo operations, over the past 10 years, nearly 1.5 million cruise passengers have set sail from Jacksonville, Florida. Carnival Cruise Line currently offers year-round passenger cruise service from JAXPORT aboard its 2,130-passenger ship, the Carnival Elation.
The maritime attorneys at Brais Law Firm are fully prepared to handle maritime industry and cruise ship accident cases originating at JAXPORT and the greater Jacksonville area. Our firm routinely represents, cruise ship passengers, crew members, Jones Act seamen, longshoremen, dock workers, and other maritime employees injured on or near the water. We are well aware of the obstacles that individuals face when they are injured in a maritime accident, and our attorneys pursue all available avenues to ensure that our clients receive the compensation to which they are entitled.
If you or someone you care about has been injured in an incident at JAXPORT or on the waters in or around Jacksonville, Florida, you need to discuss your case with an experienced maritime injury lawyer. Brais Law Firm offers free case evaluations to maritime accident and personal injury victims. Call our law offices at 800-499-0551 or complete our online contact form to schedule your consultation with a Jacksonville maritime lawyer.