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Whether you are a tourist or a crew member on a ship that experiences a fire or explosion accident, you are likely facing serious injuries. This can include everything from burns to broken bones to traumatic brain injuries. During this time, it is critical that you have an experienced maritime lawyer on your side to help you ensure that you receive the compensation that you deserve for your harm. At Rivkind Margulies & Rivkind P.A., our Miami maritime injury lawyers can conduct a thorough investigation of the circumstances surrounding your accident and ensure that you receive the maximum settlement or judgment to which you are entitled. Personal injury cases are complicated enough after accidents on land. When they happen at sea, there are additional hurdles and complications that may need to be taken into consideration. To learn more about your potential right to recovery, contact our team of experienced maritime lawyers today.Bringing a Claim for Injuries in Fire and Explosion Accidents
A fire or explosion accident can happen on many different types of ships, including not only cruise ships but also recreational boats, yachts, ferries, sailboats, barges, cargo vessels, and commercial shipping boats. Recently, a 40-foot chartered vessel operated by a captain in the Bahamas exploded, causing the boat to become engulfed in flames. This charter was intended to spend a day touring around Exuma Island, which is a popular destination for vacationers. This is only one example of a recent series of explosions and fires aboard vessels in prime tourist destinations like the Bahamas.
Fishing boats, ships, and tugs should never experience fires or explosions at sea. When they do occur, any individuals who suffer injuries can bring a claim to recover compensation. Depending on the location of the accident, you may need to bring your claim under the principles of maritime law. In the case, you will likely need to show that the operator failed to use reasonable care in the maintenance and operation of the vessel and that this was the direct cause of the injuries that you sustained. There could be an almost endless range of reasons why a fire or explosion accident took place, including crew negligence, spilled cargo, faulty electrical wiring, lightning, or the negligent handling of propane or other flammable substances. The odds of this type of accident occurring are even higher on commercial boats, where many industrial chemicals and functions are carried out.
If you are successful in showing that the operator's negligence was the cause of your injuries, you can recover a number of items of damages. A common category of compensation is past and future medical expenses. You can also seek compensation for lost wages and reduced future earning capacity, as well as compensation for your pain and suffering.
Some of these accidents may involve crewmembers or employees who work on the vessel. According to federal maritime law, fire and explosion victims on boats are entitled to certain protections. Under the General Maritime Law and the Jones Act, a seaman who is injured due to the unseaworthiness of a vessel or negligence upon the part of the company running the vessel is entitled to compensation for any injuries stemming from the event. This can include disfigurement, pain and suffering, psychological injuries, lost earning capacity, retraining for vocational purposes, future medical costs, and more.Speak With an Experienced Miami Attorney Regarding Your Potential Claim
Few things are more terrifying than being involved in a serious accident. When the event takes place on a vessel at sea, the situation can be even more harrowing. Having represented victims nationwide in a wide variety of boat accident and maritime law cases, we are effectively positioned to help you investigate your claim and to assert your rights. Our team assists people from Hialeah, Coral Gables, Homestead, Orlando, Kissimmee, West Palm Beach, Fort Lauderdale, Hollywood, Pembroke Pines, Sunrise, and Weston, as well as other cities in Miami-Dade, Orange, Osceola, Palm Beach, and Broward Counties. To schedule your appointment with an attorney, call us at 1-866-621-2142 or contact us online.