Fort Walton Beach Maritime Injury Lawyers

Our law firm has been in Fort Walton Beach for more than 35 years. Our partner attorneys have more than 70 years of combined legal experience representing injured seamen, fishermen, harbor workers, dock workers, boat passengers, pleasure boaters and other offshore workers, including workers on oil rigs and drill ships.

If you or a loved one was injured on navigable waters in Florida or on the Gulf of Mexico, we can help you determine if you have a case for an injury claim under federal admiralty law. We represent out-of-state clients and Florida residents with cases against charter boat operators, cruise ships and others.

In the case of injured workers, we help individuals and families file claims under the following laws:

  • Admiralty/maritime law
  • Jones Act
  • Longshore and Harbor Workers' Compensation Act (LHWCA)
  • Death on the High Seas Act

Shipowner Responsibilities

Shipowners are obligated to provide reasonable care to passengers, and they are obligated to provide medical care to injured seamen in the service of their ship. Whether you sustained injuries as a passenger or as a worker aboard a boat or a ship, you may bring a claim against a shipowner or other negligent party:

  • Passengers who suffer a personal injury may sue a shipowner for negligence, but limitations often apply. It is critical to speak with an experienced maritime injury lawyer who can thoroughly evaluate your case as soon as possible if you or a loved one has been injured.
  • Seamen who suffer injuries may be able to seek compensation from shipowners for negligence or unseaworthiness under the Jones Act. Additionally, seamen may qualify for free medical care and basic living expenses reimbursement under the "doctrine of maintenance and cure." It is important to be represented by legal counsel who can protect your rights and advocate for your long-term medical care and recovery.

Our experienced Fort Walton Beach maritime injury attorneys are staunch advocates of injured workers and boat passengers. We can fight for your maximum compensation, including recovery from medical costs, lost income, rehabilitation expenses, pain and suffering, and other losses such as funeral expenses if necessary.

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Call us toll free at 866-445-5849, or email us to speak with one of our partner attorneys about claims across the Florida Panhandle.