Maritime accidents can come in many forms. Passengers on cruise ships, recreational boaters, and various types of maritime workers can all suffer serious injuries because of such accidents. The injuries caused by maritime accidents often produce physical pain, emotional anguish, and financial distress for victims.
Those injured because of maritime accidents may pursue financial compensation. However, the process for recovering damages can be very complicated. The assistance of a maritime accident and injury lawyer can be highly beneficial when building your case.
If you were injured because of a maritime accident, get help recovering the compensation you deserve. Contact our experienced maritime accident and injury lawyers by calling Rivkind Margulies & Rivkind, P.A. at (305) 204-5369 for a free case review.
Causes of Maritime Injuries
There are multiple types of accidents that cause maritime injuries. The strategies that apply to your case may depend on the type of accident that occurred. Our maritime accident and injury lawyers can offer guidance and support to victims of the following accidents:
Cruise Ship Accidents and Injuries
Cruise ship accidents are one of the most common causes of maritime injuries. The cruise line and staff are responsible for the safety of the ship’s passengers. When the staff acts carelessly, serious injuries can occur. The following are common examples of cruise ship accidents and injuries:
- Slip and falls
- Cruise ship medical malpractice
- Injuries from fire or explosions
- Sexual assaults
- Passenger disappearances
- Falls overboard
- Shore excursion accidents
- Cruise ship amusement or attraction accidents
Victims of cruise ship accidents may be able to recover compensation. If you were injured in a cruise ship accident, our experienced maritime accident and injury lawyers can help assess the value of your case during a free case review.
Recreational boating accidents are another common cause of maritime injuries. Boaters can cause severe harm to others by acting carelessly or recklessly on the water. The following are common causes of boating accidents:
- Driving under the influence
- Poor boat maintenance
- Operating a boat that that is too weighed down
- Defective boat repair
- Failing to have required safety equipment on board
If you were injured in a boating accident, our maritime accident and injury lawyers can help gather evidence to establish fault in your case.
On-the-Job Accidents for Seamen and Crew Members
Lastly, on-the-job accidents are a common cause of injuries to various types of seamen and crew members on ships and offshore platforms. The following are types of ship workers that frequently suffer injuries in such accidents:
- Oil ship workers
- Oil platform workers
- Cruise ship workers
- Yacht workers
Seamen and crew members may be able to sue their employers for injuries that occur at work. There are several categories of damages available to victims of on-the-job maritime accidents. Our maritime accident and injury lawyers can offer support to injured seamen and crew members on their road to recovery.
Types of Damages Available in Maritime Accident Lawsuits
There are several categories of damages available to plaintiffs in maritime accident and injury lawsuits. In order to recover damages, plaintiffs must show that they were caused by the defendant’s negligent behavior. Our maritime accident and injury lawyers can help victims determine which of the following types of damages may be sought in their case:
Many maritime injuries will force victims to miss time at work. Accordingly, damages for lost income are regularly sought in maritime accident and injury lawsuits. A worker’s average weekly wage will be used to calculate such damages.
In some cases, victims will be unable to perform work in the future because of their injuries. Our lawyers can also help victims recover compensation for a lost future earning capacity.
Plaintiffs in maritime accident lawsuits may also seek damages for the cost of medical treatment related to their injuries. All forms of medical treatment may be compensated for. This includes the cost of past, current, and future medical treatment for victims.
Damages for medical expenses are usually proven through medical records and bills. Therefore, you should not wait to let your injuries heal on their own after a maritime accident. A doctor must record your injuries in order for medical expenses to be recovered.
Pain and Suffering
Additionally, plaintiffs in maritime accident lawsuits may also recover damages for their physical pain and emotional anguish. These damages can be hard to quantify but can produce detrimental impacts on victims’ lives. In some cases, expert witness testimony may be required to establish damages for pain and suffering. Accordingly, the assistance of our maritime accident and injury lawyers can be valuable when proving damages for pain and suffering.
Loss of Enjoyment of Life
Plaintiffs in maritime accident lawsuits may also seek compensation for their lost enjoyment of life. Some injuries such as spinal cord injuries can severely inhibit victims’ abilities to enjoy the same activities they did before an accident. Furthermore, injuries that cause visible scarring or disfigurement may inhibit victims’ willingness to socialize. Therefore, victims of maritime accidents can also recover damages for their lost enjoyment of life.
Elements of a Maritime Accident Lawsuit
The process for recovering financial compensation in a maritime accident lawsuit can vary greatly from case to case. The strategies that apply to your case can depend on the type of accident and extent of injuries suffered by the victim. However, four general elements must be established in every case:
- The defendant owed you a duty of care
- The defendant breached their duty of care
- You were injured because of the defendant’s breach of duty
- You suffered damages because of your injuries
Victims can contact our experienced maritime accident and injury lawyers for help determining if the required elements have been established in their case.
If You Were Injured Because of a Maritime Accident, Our Lawyers Can Help
If you were injured because of a maritime accident, seek assistance from our experienced maritime accident and injury lawyers by calling Rivkind Margulies & Rivkind, P.A. at (305) 204-5369 for a free case review.