Skilled Milton Maritime Lawyer: Safeguarding Your Maritime Interests with Proficiency and Experience
Accidents, injuries, and wrongful deaths that occur on navigable waters may be subject to a number of laws. These are challenging cases that require representation from an experienced Milton maritime lawyer.
At Gross & Schuster, P.A. in Milton Pace, Jay, and Pea Ridge, we have an of-counsel relationship with maritime specialist Scott Silbert to help injured maritime workers and passengers recover compensation. Attorney Silbert is licensed in Louisiana and Mississippi and is admitted to Florida’s Northern District Court.
To schedule a free consultation with a Milton maritime lawyer, please call our office or contact us online.
What is Maritime Law?
Maritime law, often referred to as admiralty law, stands as one of the most ancient legal domains, predating even the formation of the constitution. At its core, maritime law is defined as the body of regulations governing commerce and navigation on the high seas and other navigable waters, overseen by admiralty courts.
This expansive legal field not only encompasses local U.S. laws but also international legal principles. These regulations serve as the guiding framework for issues spanning torts, injuries, contracts, and any infractions occurring in proximity to, on, or within navigable water bodies.
Exploring the Jones Act
The Jones Act, established under the Merchant Marine Act of 1920, plays a pivotal role in regulating the transportation of goods within the United States. Particularly significant for those employed at sea who may encounter injuries, this legislation places a fundamental obligation on employers. Under the Jones Act, employers are mandated to assume responsibility for workers injured while on duty at sea.
Individuals covered by the Jones Act not only have the right to seek compensation for pain and suffering resulting from their injuries but also for any income lost as a direct consequence of the unfortunate incident.
Who Qualifies for Jones Act Coverage?
The Jones Act extends its coverage to individuals categorized as “seamen” who sustain injuries while performing their job at sea. To meet the criteria as a seaman, a worker must be active aboard a navigating vessel for at least 30% of their working hours.
In practical terms, this signifies that an employee can spend the majority of their time on land, up to 70%, yet remain eligible for Jones Act protection as long as they allocate a minimum of 30% of their working hours on a vessel.
Are You An Injured Maritime Worker? You May Not Know Your Rights.
Attorney Scott Silbert has decades of experience with maritime and admiralty law. He can assist you with:
- Maritime injury claims
- Maritime wrongful death
- Jones Act
- Death on the High Seas Act
- Maintenance and cure
- Platform and rig accidents
- Offshore accidents
In addition to maritime workers, Mr. Silbert represents passengers injured in Jet Ski and boating accidents. In doing so, he makes you his focus. Injured workers may be entitled to damages and benefits from more than one source.
After reviewing your case, we will help you seek compensation from your employer, a negligent third party, and/or under a law such as the Jones Act. Because of the complexity of maritime cases, it is best to speak with a Milton attorney before you sign statements or accept settlements. You may waive critical rights if you do not have the benefit of legal counsel.
You Can Contact Our Experienced Florida Admiralty Law Attorney
Schedule a free consultation. Please call 850-434-3333.