Were You Injured Working Offshore?
Maritime law, also known as admiralty law, governs incidents and the conduct of vessels that occur out at sea, as well as on any waters traversable throughout the United States for foreign or interstate commerce, including on recreational vessels. United States admiralty law have their roots in British admiralty courts that existed throughout the original American colonies, and while these laws are now under the jurisdiction of federal district courts and shares many similarities with civil law, they are still unique. If you are involved in a case, whether it involves insurance, personal injury, premises liability, etc. that fall under admiralty or maritime law, it’s in your best interest to hire an experienced admiralty law lawyer to represent you.
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If you were injured in an offshore accident, our Tampa maritime law lawyers at Robert Sparks Attorneys are ready to work with you to provide you with the legal representation you need to fight for the compensation you deserve. Reach out to us today to discuss your legal options, and begin planning out your next steps.
What Is The Jones Act?
The Jones act is part of The Merchant Marine Act of 1920, which was enacted in order to promote and maintain American merchant marines. This federal statute requires all goods carried between United States ports by water to be transported on ships sporting the U.S. flag that were constructed in the U.S., owned by citizens of the U.S., and have crews who are either permanent residents or citizens. Because maritime work comes with its own unique dangers, in a unique location, and often involves potentially dangerous equipment, this law was put in place to ensure that United States seamen who suffers an illness or injury due to negligence or unseaworthiness receives the legal protection they require, and can secure the compensation due to them.
While Jones Act claims and workers’ compensation claims are typically filed for similar reasons, Jones Act settlements tend to involve larger dollar amounts, in part due to the numerous types of recovery available, including:
- Cost of living during recovery
- Loss of future earning capacity
- Lost wages
- Medical care
- Mental anguish
- Physical pain, disfigurement, and suffering
Hire An Attorney You Can Count On
Finding the right attorney to represent you is an important and potentially life-changing decision. At Robert Sparks Attorneys, our Tampa maritime law attorneys understand the weight of that decision, and have spent their careers fighting for the rights of injured victims in order to secure them the compensation they deserve. Fill out our online form to set up a case consultation, or give us a call at (813) 606-5050 to discuss your situation with one of our attorneys today.