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If you or a loved one has been seriously injured while working in New York’s maritime industry or hurt in a recreational boating accident, you need to be sure that you have a skilled and qualified legal team on your side. These types of accidents and injuries are governed by a unique set of laws that differ from those used in traditional “shore-side” personal injury cases. These laws, which are known as admiralty and maritime law, involve complex legal principles and are best handled by an experienced New York maritime accident lawyer.
At Brais Law Firm, our attorneys are well-versed in all types of maritime injury cases. We leverage our understanding of both maritime law and marine industry operations to help people who have been hurt at sea and on shore get the compensation they deserve. Partner Keith Brais is certified by the Florida Bar as a specialist in the field of admiralty and maritime law. Additionally, because he spent nearly 20 years working with large maritime employers, insurance companies and cruise lines before deciding to help only injured individuals, he has a firsthand understanding of the tactics that the opposition often uses to defend against accident claims. This means that whether you were injured on a cruise ship that departed from the New York area or were hurt while working on a ship, boat, dock or other maritime structure on or near the Port of New York and New Jersey, Brais Law Firm has the knowledge and experience to fully protect your rights and pursue maximum compensation for your injuries.
The Port of New York and New Jersey is the largest and busiest port on the East Coast and ranks as the third-largest port in the country. In 2016 alone, the port handled more than 3.5 million cargo containers valued at nearly $200 billion. Businesses associated with the port’s operations support 400,000 regional jobs and generate close to $25.7 million in annual wages.
The Port of New York and New Jersey is also home to three major cruise ship terminals: The Manhattan Cruise Terminal, which is owned by the City of New York and operated by Ports America; the Brooklyn Cruise Terminal, which is located in the Red Hook section of the borough and operated by the New York City Development Corporation and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey; and the Cape Liberty Cruise Port situated in Bayonne, New Jersey and operated by the Cape Liberty Cruise Port LLC. Not surprisingly, many of the world’s major cruise lines embark and disembark at these terminals, including Carnival Cruise Lines, Norwegian Cruise Line, Crystal Cruises, Cunard Cruise Line, Holland America Line, Princess Cruises and Disney Cruise Line.
With such extensive cargo operations and cruise ship activity, The Port of New York and New Jersey can be a dangerous place for both maritime workers, vacationers and other passengers. Accidents occurring at the Port or in nearby areas can result in severe injuries and, in worst case scenarios, fatalities. The reality is that many of these accidents are caused by the negligence and carelessness of shipping companies, cruise lines and other players in the marine industry. Maritime workers, cruise ship passengers and other individuals who have suffered at the hands of these large and powerful companies deserve to receive fair compensation for their injuries.
At Brais Law Firm, we fight solely for the rights of people who have been wrongfully injured by the actions of others. Our attorneys appreciate just how difficult and life-changing a serious accident can be and we will do everything we can to help you get the compensation to which you are entitled. We have vast experience handling all types of complicated maritime injury claims and we will walk you through every step of the process. Call our offices today at 800-499-0551 to schedule your free consultation with a skilled and dedicated New York maritime accident lawyer.