Jacksonville Maritime Law

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. Unfortunately, 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 maritime incidents that happen all too often. Injuries that happen on the ocean or other bodies of water 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 lawyer with specific knowledge and expertise in this highly specialized legal field in Jacksonville.

We Know Exactly What You are Going Through After a Maritime Accident

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.

Having been seriously injured himself while a licensed marine engineer working on offshore oil rigs, he knows what hurt maritime workers are facing. Additionally, many of the tactics companies and insurers may try to use to defend against injury claims were likely invented by Keith when he represented those parties. After a particular case caused a major change in viewpoint, Keith and the team at Brais Law work only to help those who were injured.

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Brais Law: The Firm You Want on Your Side for Complex Maritime Injury Cases

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.

The Port of Jacksonville is one of the Newest and Busiest Commercial Ports in the Nation

The Port of Jacksonville (JAXPORT) 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.

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Jacksonville Welcomes Thousands of Cruise Ship Visitors Annually

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.

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FAQs: Maritime Law and Injury Cases

What Type of Accidents Have You Handled in the Jacksonville Area?

I May Have Been Partially to Blame for My Accident—What Should I Do?

What If I Can’t Afford a Lawyer?

What Type of Accidents Have You Handled in the Jacksonville Area?

A maritime injury lawyer on our team has helped clients obtain compensation for the following accidents as well as others:

  • Slip and falls
  • Head trauma
  • Crush injuries
  • Falls overboard
  • Drownings
  • Fires
  • Broken bones
  • Spinal injuries
  • Boat collisions
  • Negligence due to intoxication
  • Sexual assault

I May Have Been Partially to Blame for My Accident—What Should I Do?

Regardless of what you may think about who is at fault, it is important that you do not discuss your case or admit fault. You should speak with a maritime attorney right away so the exact facts of the accident can be established with thorough investigation.

What If I Can’t Afford a Lawyer?

Brais Law Firm works on a contingency fee basis. This means you don’t pay anything out of pocket—we take our fee out of a pre-agreed percentage of your winnings. It is important to us that anyone injured in a maritime accident can get top notch representation.

Hurt on the Waters in or Around JAXPORT? Talk with a Maritime Lawyer on Our Team Today

If you or someone you care about has been injured in an incident at JAXPORT or on the waters in or around Jacksonville, 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—both visitors and workers alike. Call our law offices at 800-499-0551 or complete our online contact form to schedule your consultation.

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