Florida Seaman Injury & Wrongful Death Attorneys

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No family wants to receive the news that their family member was seriously injured or killed while working on a ship. Unfortunately, many families must cope with the injury or tragic loss of a loved one because a vessel owner or operator acted negligently. As a result, many families understandably turn to the courts to seek justice and compensation for a family member’s injuries or death. If your family member was grievously injured or killed while working as a seaman in Florida, you should contact a skilled Florida seaman injury and wrongful death attorney as soon as possible.

The committed seamen wrongful death attorneys at Rivkind Margulies & Rivkind, P.A., are here to listen to the details of your case so we can determine your legal options to pursue compensation on behalf of your loved one. We understand that this is a difficult time for your family, and we are here to stand with you. To schedule a free legal consultation to discuss your potential case, contact Rivkind Margulies & Rivkind, P.A., at (305) 204-5369. You may also contact the firm online to schedule your free consultation.

Common Causes of Seaman Injuries and Wrongful Deaths in Florida

Individuals employed as a seaman often have to place themselves in working conditions that can quickly turn hazardous. However, this does not mean that a seaman cannot pursue damages when they are the victim of an accident while about a vessel. The following is a list of common causes of seaman injuries and deaths that can lead to a lawsuit in Florida.

Ship Crashes

It is expected that the captain of a boat and any other crewmembers in charge of navigation will steer the boat with caution. However, if a captain is not careful when operating a boat, they could end up in a collision with one or more vessels. When this happens, seamen aboard the vessel could be seriously or fatally injured due to a number of hazards like falls from high areas or falling debris.

Falling Overboard

The operators of a vessel should go to great lengths to ensure that a seaman does not fall overboard. There are a number of hazards that could lead to serious injuries or death for a seaman. For example, if the seaman was struck by a vessel after falling overboard, they could sustain a possibly fatal head injury.

There are many other common causes of seaman injuries and deaths:

  • Lack of oxygen in enclosed areas
  • Heavy machinery accidents
  • Slip and falls

This is not an exhaustive list. If you wish to know more about filing a lawsuit for an injury or wrongful death in Florida waters, you should continue reading and contact an experienced Florida seaman injury and wrongful death lawyer today.

Filing a Seaman Wrongful Death Lawsuit in Florida

If your loved one was killed in an accident at sea, you could file a wrongful death lawsuit against the parties responsible for their death. However, you should first contact an experienced Miami boat injury lawyer that is familiar with how wrongful death cases are litigated.

A wrongful death lawsuit can be filed against a person or entity whose negligent or intentional acts are responsible for the death of another person. For example, if the owner of a boat failed to properly maintain the vessel and the result was a fire that killed a seaman, the seaman’s family can file a claim against the owner of the boat.

You should also be aware that there are multiple laws that must be considered when filing a wrongful death lawsuit on behalf of a seaman.

The Jones Act

The Jones Act permits the surviving spouse and other family members of a seaman to pursue damages against an employer that is responsible for the death of the seaman. It is important to note that the decedent must have performed a considerable amount of work as a seaman in order for a surviving family member to be able to file a lawsuit against their employer.

Death on High Seas Act

The Death on High Seas Act (DOHSA) is triggered when a seaman is killed on a vessel at least three miles away from the shoreline. Similar to the Jones Act, surviving spouses, children, and dependents can pursue a claim against a negligent employer. However, a potential plaintiff may have to meet other requirements of the Jones Act before they can proceed with a lawsuit under DOHSA.

Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act

The family of a seaman can also file a wrongful death claim under the Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act (LHWCA). Specifically, the beneficiaries of the decedent must pursue their claim within 30 days of the death of the decedent.

If you need assistance filing a wrongful death claim after the death of your loved one, our firm is here for you. You should waste no time in pursuing your wrongful death lawsuit.

Consult with Our Experienced Florida Seaman Injury & Wrongful Death Lawyer Today

If your family member was injured or killed while working as a seaman, you should consider working with an experienced Florida seaman injury and wrongful death lawyer today. Rivkind Margulies & Rivkind, P.A., would be honored to offer you our legal services to resolve your potential wrongful death case. To schedule a free legal consultation to discuss your case, contact Rivkind Margulies & Rivkind, P.A., at (305) 204-5369. Potential clients can also schedule their free consultation online.


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Brett Rivkind is a lawyer that not only cares but also a lawyer that makes a difference. Whether its speaking in congress to help promote safety awareness in legislation or representing clients in court seeking compensation for their injuries, Brett Rivkind is passionate about his dedication toward both promoting safety at sea and helping clients in need who have been harmed at sea.

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