Gulf Coast Seamen Injury and Wrongful Death Attorneys
Our lead trial lawyer Brett Rivkind has an international reputation for dedication and excellence. His hard work and success have been recognized extensively through awards and special recognitions.
Working as a seaman is often a difficult and rigorous job. As a result, there is always a danger that a seaman could be severely injured or possibly even die due to a hazard at sea or a hazard present on the vessel they work on. When this happens, a victim or a family may have to consider their legal options. If your family member was severely injured or killed in an accident in the Gulf Coast, you should consult with an experienced Gulf Coast seamen injury and wrongful death attorneys.
At Rivkind Margulies & Rivkind, P.A., we understand the pain of losing a loved one in an accident is immeasurable, and we are here for you in your time of need. Our team of skilled wrongful death attorneys has worked on a variety of complex cases, and we would be honored to represent you and your family. To schedule a free consultation to discuss your potential case, contact Rivkind Margulies & Rivkind, P.A., at (305) 204-5369. You may also schedule your appointment by using our online submission form.
Common Gulf Coast Ship Accidents that Result in Injury or Death
There are a number of risks associated with the operation of a vessel at sea. If the owner of a vessel does not implement safety precautions to keep the crew safe, they could be held liable if a crew member is severely injured or killed. While there are a number of reasons why a ship accident may occur, some reasons are more prevalent than others. The following are some common types of ship accident cases that our firm can help you resolve.
A crew member falling overboard is one of the most dangerous ship accidents that may occur. Not only could a seaman be injured due to hitting the water at a rapid pace, but there are other dangers in the ocean that could lead to the seaman’s death. For example, if a seaman falls overboard during a heavy storm, this will decrease visibility and make it harder to rescue the seaman before they drowned. Additionally, if a person falls overboard during colder weather, there is a risk that a person could experience hypothermia.
Overexposure to Toxic Chemicals
There are a variety of toxic chemicals that are needed to operate a ship. As a result, it is important to ensure that crew members are provided with proper protective gear and that enclosed spaces are well ventilated to avoid overexposure to toxic chemicals.
Seafaring vessels must carry lifeboats in the event that a ship malfunctions, and the crew must evacuate the vessel. To ensure that everything goes smoothly during an emergency, the operator of a ship will often implement lifeboat training drills. However, there are many issues that may arise during lifeboat drills that could cause a seaman to suffer a severe or life-threatening injury.
Slip and Falls
Slip and fall accidents are another common cause of severe and fatal injuries on a ship. Many seamen are required to work at great heights, which makes falling extremely dangerous. In other cases, a slip and fall accident may happen because a seaman tripped over some obstacle that should have been cleaned up.
Slip and fall accidents are also common when a crew is using a gangway that has not been properly maintained. For example, if the wire ropes of a gangway are unstable, a seaman could easily fall or be thrown from the gangway.
There are many other circumstances where a ship accident could turn deadly. To learn more about how our firm can help you pursue a wrongful death lawsuit, you should continue reading and speak with an experienced Gulf Coast wrongful death lawyer.
Damages Available for Gulf Coast Wrongful Death Lawsuits
At Rivkind Margulies & Rivkind, P.A., we understand that the death of a loved one can change a family forever. After losing a family member in a seafaring accident, it is doubtful that a surviving family member will want to pursue a lawsuit while they are still grieving. However, pursuing damages for the death of a loved one can help with many financial burdens that may arise after a family member’s death.
It is important to note that wrongful death lawsuits can only be filed by certain members of a decedent’s family. For example, a surviving spouse or children of a decedent would be permitted to file a wrongful death lawsuit. However, an estranged family member like a distant cousin could be barred from pursuing a wrongful death claim as this may allow a person to take advantage of a family member’s death.
If a surviving family member is successful in filing a wrongful death lawsuit, they can recover the following damages:
- Funeral expenses
- Loss of support
- Loss of consortium
- Loss of fringe benefits
When pursuing a wrongful death lawsuit based on maritime law, you should be aware that the claim will be subject to federal law as opposed to state law. Our firm can guide you through any differences that may arise from litigating a federal claim for wrongful death.
Contact Our Experienced Gulf Coast Seamen Injury & Wrongful Death Lawyer
If your loved was severely injured or killed in an accident at sea, you should contact an experienced Gulf Coast seamen injury and lawyer as soon as possible. Rivkind Margulies & Rivkind, P.A., is committed to fighting for families that lost their loved ones in a ship accident that could have been prevented. To schedule a free legal consultation to discuss your wrongful death lawsuit, contact Rivkind Margulies & Rivkind, P.A., at (305) 204-5369. You may also contact the firm 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.