Melbourne Maritime Law Attorney
Admiralty & Maritime Law in Florida
Nance Cacciatore is an experienced and highly respected personal injury law office that provides legal counsel to clients who have been injured in accidents off the Florida coast. Our Melbourne maritime law attorneys help clients recover compensation for their injuries or the loss of a family member. We have a proven track record of success, having securing millions of dollars on behalf of our clients, including several notable and historic seven- and eight-figure results.
In Florida, as in other states, offshore accidents are governed by an entirely separate body of laws than most other types of accidents. Our board-certified attorneys at Nance Cacciatore have comprehensive knowledge and an in-depth understanding of admiralty and maritime laws, as well as how these laws may apply to your case. We are prepared to put our extensive resources, skills, and expertise on your side.
What Is Maritime/Admiralty Law?
Maritime law, also sometimes known as admiralty law, is a set of laws that governs offshore business and commerce, as well as accidents, offenses, torts, injuries, and deaths that occur on the ocean and other navigable waters. Typically, these laws apply to individuals who work offshore, such as oil rig operators, merchant vessel workers, cruise ship employees, and others.
If you or someone you love was involved in a maritime accident, it is important that you work with an attorney who has extensive knowledge and experience in this particular area of law. At Nance Cacciatore, our Melbourne maritime law attorneys have been representing all types of workers and individuals protected by admiralty laws in and around Florida for nearly 60 years. We have what it takes to effectively advocate for you and fight for the maximum compensation you are owed after a serious offshore accident or injury.
Jones Act: Recovering Compensation for Injured Workers
Workers who are injured in an offshore oil rig accident or offshore boat accident are generally not entitled to workers’ compensation benefits. Rather, because they work at sea, they are entitled to compensation under the Jones Act.
Recognizing the risk that longshoremen face at work and the severity of injuries that may result from on-the-job accidents, the benefits available under the Jones Act exceed those that would be available under the workers’ compensation system. If you would like to learn more about the potential benefits you may be able to receive after a work-related injury or illness, we encourage you to contact our Melbourne admiralty lawyers for a no-cost, no-obligation consultation.
At Nance Cacciatore, we work with leading investigators to recover details about the accident so that we can prove the negligence or unseaworthiness necessary to recover benefits under the Jones Act. Our team has successfully represented countless oil rig workers, longshoremen, and other maritime workers who have been severely injured in all types of accidents, from explosions and fires to slips, trips, and falls aboard commercial vessels.
Representation for Cruise Ship Employees
The cruise industry is huge in Florida, employing thousands of people every year. Just like any other worker, cruise ship employees can be injured or fall ill due to work-related conditions, activities, and duties. When this happens, they may be entitled to benefits under the Jones Act.
At Nance Cacciatore, our Melbourne cruise ship injury attorneys represent employees who have suffered all types of work-related injuries and illnesses, including but not limited to:
- Falls, including slip and falls and falls to lower levels
- Severe burns resulting from onboard explosions and fires
- Near-drownings resulting in traumatic brain injuries
- Repetitive motion injuries, such as overexertion and overuse
- Specific and cumulative neck and back injuries
- Injuries resulting from shore excursions
- Electrocution caused by defective machinery/electrical wiring
- Injuries caused by defective equipment, such as broken bones or amputation
- Spinal cord injuries and paralysis
- Injuries resulting from piracy, assault, and other acts of violence
- Job-related illnesses, medical conditions, and occupational diseases
We understand the complex nuances inherent in cruise ship employee injury claims, and we know how to help you navigate the system and fight for the rightful benefits you deserve. Contact us today to discuss the specifics of your case with a member of our legal team.
Recovery for the Family of an Offshore Accident Victim
The family of a seaman or longshoreman faces the uncertainty each day of whether their loved one will return home safely. Our attorneys and staff offer sincere compassion to families who are coping with the death of a family member. We recognize how devastating it can be to learn a spouse or parent has died in an oil rig accident or another offshore accident. We offer legal guidance to these families so that they can work to recover the financial support that is often necessary during this difficult time.
The Jones Act provides death benefits to the families of workers who die at sea. To have grounds for a claim, the surviving family member must be an eligible dependent (such as a spouse or child) and must be able to prove that the employer was somehow negligent. They must also prove that the employer’s negligence was the proximate cause of their loved one’s death.
Additionally, the Death on the High Seas Act (DOHSA) applies to cases involving fatalities that occur three nautical miles out from shore or more. Similar to death cases under the Jones Act, wrongful death claims under the DOHSA require the plaintiff (the person bringing the claim) to prove that the employer (or another liable party) was negligent, and that this negligence caused the death. While the Jones Act provides benefits for non-economic damages, such as mental anguish and grief, the DOHSA does not. However, under the DOHSA, dependents can still recover benefits if their loved one is found to have been partially negligent/at fault for the fatal accident.
Contact Nance Cacciatore for a Free Consultation
If you have questions about a Jones Act claim, or if you would like to talk with an experienced maritime and admiralty attorney about an accident, contact our law office in Melbourne, Florida. We offer free initial consultations and provide our legal services on a contingency fee basis. This means that you do not owe any attorney fees unless/until we recover compensation for you.
Our firm is proud to serve all of Brevard County, including Cape Canaveral, Rockledge, Palm Bay, Cocoa, and Titusville.