El Faro

If you lost a loved one who was working on the cargo ship El Faro, a ship that was wrecked in a hurricane that resulted in the deaths of all 40 crew members, you might be entitled to compensation from the owner of the vessel, TOTE Maritime. Losing a loved one to a tragic accident can forever impact you and your family. Without compensation to cover the extensive costs and damages related to your loved one’s death, your current and future financial stability could be put at risk. Ensuring that your rights are protected and that you recover what you deserve requires the drafting of a complex claim and its successful negotiation. The best way to reduce your stress and the time required to achieve a settlement is to work with skilled maritime attorneys such as those at Brais Law Firm. We have decades of experience in helping the families of seamen who were killed while working collect the compensation to which they are entitled. We are in a unique position to both assess and help with your case. 

Maritime Industry Employers are Required to Provide Safe Working Environments

When a seaman is injured or killed as a result of the negligence of their employer, including running a vessel that is not seaworthy, the Jones Act provides access to compensation for medical bills, lost earnings, and potential vocational retraining. However, when an individual is killed, the available options are different. They may include compensation for the lost financial and emotional contribution of your loved one to the household, as well as the value of various activities commonly engaged in by members of the household. In the case of El Faro, the vessel sailed directly into Hurricane Joaquin. This is clearly a violation of the vessel managers and owners to maintain the health and safety of their workers. Knowing which laws apply to your unique case requires a careful review of the evidence and the application of relevant legal concepts. Attempting to learn the law to determine how it applies to your loved one’s situation can be difficult as you work to move past the accident. An experienced maritime lawyer at Brais Law Firm will handle the entire process for you so that you can continue to grieve in your own way while we hold TOTE Maritime accountable for the harm done. 

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Discuss Your Legal Options with a Maritime Lawyer from Brais Law Firm

The sooner you connect with an attorney for assistance on your case, the stronger your position will be to obtain the best settlement possible. Keep in mind that evidence has a way of going away with the passage of time, and it can become increasingly difficult to locate records of the accident or incident that led to your loved one’s death. Speak with skilled attorneys at Brais Law Firm by calling 800-499-0551 or visit our website to book your initial free consultation.

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