Miami Yacht Crewmember Accident Attorney
Working on a yacht can put crewmembers at risk of serious personal injuries – especially when the owner and/or operator of the boat is negligent. Yacht crews must often work long hours and around dangerous equipment. If the employer doesn’t properly train crewmembers or fails to maintain the vessel, preventable accidents can arise. If you have injuries from working aboard a yacht in Florida, contact us. Our law firm may be able to represent you during insurance settlement negotiations or a personal injury lawsuit in Miami.
Why Choose Us
After suffering a broken bone, head injury, burn, laceration, sprain/strain, or other injuries in a yacht accident, you need experienced legal representation. Working on a yacht shouldn’t mean putting your health or safety at risk. Our lawyers care about what happens to yacht workers in Miami. We work hard to protect maritime worker rights after Miami personal injury accidents. We accept difficult or tricky cases other lawyers reject – and win. We haven’t lost a case since our firm’s foundation. Find out if we can help you obtain financial compensation as an injured yacht worker. First consultations are free.
Common Causes of Boat Accidents
Working on a yacht comes with certain inherent risks, such as sunburn and seasickness. Serious or permanent injuries, however, are not “part of the job.” If you suffer serious injuries on a yacht, someone else may be legally to blame. Owner/operator negligence is one of the most common causes of yacht worker injuries. Other causes include:
- Slip and falls on unsafe surfaces
- Unseaworthy yachts
- Lack of proper equipment maintenance
- Low or no crewmember training
- Understaffed vessel
- Improperly installed gangways
- Failure to provide emergency medical care
- Broken or damaged railings
- Incompetent yacht operation
No matter who or what you think caused your yacht accident, it’s important to discuss your employee compensation options with an attorney. Obtaining damages for your medical bills, pain and suffering, and lost wages may be difficult as a yacht worker. Miami’s workers’ compensation laws don’t extend to incidents that happen at sea. You may need a lawyer to assist with your claim.
What to Do After a Boat Accident
After the yacht you’re working on crashes, prioritize your personal health. Go to the hospital right away and explain what happened. Some serious injuries, such as a traumatic brain injury, may not show immediate symptoms. A medical evaluation can diagnose and treat hidden injuries. Then, contact our lawyers. We’ll give you our best advice for what to do next, such as taking photographs of the wreck and talking to eyewitnesses. We can take care of your accident investigation while you focus on healing.
Who Is Liable?
As a yacht worker, the most likely liable party for your injury is your employer. Employers – including yacht owners – will be liable for employee injuries when they fail to maintain a safe work environment. Your employer owes you “maintenance and cure,” or the costs of medical care and treatment of injuries as well as paying your living expenses while you recover from an on-the-job injury. Failure to pay these damages could give you grounds to file a personal injury lawsuit.
Why Do You Need a Lawyer?
Many yacht owners and employers may try to shirk their duties to injured crewmembers, claiming that injuries happened off the boat or because of the worker’s own negligence. If you need help securing compensation from your employer or another responsible party, hire an attorney. A lawyer can give you the information and assistance you need to file a claim and fight for the recovery you deserve.
Contact Us Today
Yacht accidents can be frightening for all involved, especially crewmembers. As an employee at sea, you might not understand your rights or options for financial recovery. All you know is that you sustained your injuries at work and don’t want to pay out of pocket. Let us help. Contact us today for more information about your possible outlets for compensation.