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When you are injured while on the water or while working in the maritime industry, it is essential that you speak to a maritime lawyer. Your injury claim is controlled and influenced by different areas of law than most other personal injury cases. Only attorneys who consistently work on admiralty and maritime cases will know the international, federal, and state statutes, case law, and regulations that you need to bring a successful claim.

Attorney David Fuchs has over 30 years of experience helping those injured in boating, offshore, and other maritime accidents. His extensive knowledge of admiralty and maritime law allows him to thoroughly investigate these accidents, analyze the resulting personal injury claims, and fight hard for clients to receive appropriate compensation.

To speak with a Fort Lauderdale personal injury lawyer about your options, contact David I. Fuchs, Injury & Accident Lawyer, P.A. at (954) 568-3636, or through the online form.

Types of Maritime Accidents We Handle

Attorney Fuchs handles a wide range of cases involving accidents on ships and on shore, including:

Boating Accidents

David I. Fuchs, Injury & Accident Lawyer, P.A. deals with accidents involving personal and commercial boats. If you were injured in a collision on the water, or you believe your equipment was defective, let a maritime accident lawyer investigate your case.

Yacht Accidents

Whether you work on a yacht, frequent your own yacht, or enjoy days out on a rented yacht, you will need help following an accident. Attorney Fuchs represents individuals hurt onboard yachts or who are involved in other types of boating accidents.

Cruise Ship Accidents

Cruise ships are massive vessels, and when you book a cruise, you expect the ship to be safe. You assume it is seaworthy and offers safe rooms, restaurants, and recreational spaces. Accidents occur on cruise ships on a regular basis, including slip and falls, illness outbreaks, and more. If you were injured onboard a cruise ship, call a Fort Lauderdale maritime lawyer right away.

Offshore Accidents

Maritime accidents also encompass offshore operations and workers. Offshore accident lawyer David Fuchs represents individuals injured after falls, being hit by objects, equipment failures, fires and explosions, and other work-related incidents.

Accidents on Shore

Not all maritime accidents happen on the water. Many occur on the shore, including at ports and docks. Whether you are a cruise ship passenger hurt while getting on or off the vessel, or you are a longshore and harbor worker hurt in a work-related accident, contact an admiralty and maritime law firm as soon as you can. A personal injury lawyer at David I. Fuchs, Injury & Accident Lawyer, P.A. will carefully review your case and advise you of next best steps.

Common Causes & Types of Maritime Accidents

Maritime activities are often fraught with risks. You accept those risks while using your training, skills, and knowledge to be as careful as possible. You expect those around to do the same. Unfortunately, all it takes is one person to be careless for you to be hurt in an accident and have a claim for compensation.

Common ship accidents include:

  • Onboard slip and falls
  • Falls from heights
  • Falls into the water
  • Unsecured objects falling
  • Improperly maintained or defective equipment
  • Lack of proper crew member training
  • Lack of proper safety gear and equipment
  • Unseaworthy vessels
  • Collisions with other vessels
  • Collisions with objects or the shore

Other maritime accidents involve:

  • Mooring line accidents
  • Equipment malfunctions and failures
  • Crane accidents
  • Fires and explosions
  • Exposure to hazardous chemicals
  • Electric shock and electrocution

No matter the type of accident you were involved in, call a maritime lawyer for help. You should have an experienced professional conduct an in-depth and independent investigation into the accident. This provides you a better opportunity to identify the at-fault party and pursue a fair financial recovery.

Common Maritime Injuries

If you were involved in a maritime accident, you might have been diagnosed with:

  • Traumatic brain injury (TBI)
  • Bone fracture
  • Soft tissue injuries
  • Neck and back Injuries
  • Spinal cord injuries & paralysis
  • Drowning
  • Crushed limbs
  • Amputations
  • Burns
  • Lung injuries & poisoning due to chemical exposure
  • Vision or hearing loss

When you are suffering from serious injuries, call a maritime injury lawyer as soon as possible. The sooner attorney David Fuchs is on your case, the better. He will immediately begin to investigate what happened and why. Through this investigation, he will gather as much evidence as possible, which may enable him to prove another party’s negligence and your right to compensation.

Maritime Injury Law

If you were injured while on a vessel in navigable waters or at a port, you need to speak with a maritime lawyer. Your right to compensation may not be based on typical Florida personal injury law. Instead, specific federal maritime laws may apply to your case.


Federal law requires that vessel owners are responsible for providing their employees with safe working environments. In other words, the vessel in which sailors and seamen work must be seaworthy. If you are injured because a vessel is dangerous, you can pursue compensation from the owner. Call an attorney to discuss seeking compensation under the Jones Act or maintenance and cure.

Jones Act

This federal law gives seamen the right to sue their employer when they suffer injuries while at sea. The Jones Act is not workers’ compensation in the traditional sense. Many seamen are not covered by traditional workers’ compensation insurance. When you are an employed seaman and are injured while working, you need to speak to a maritime injury attorney about your right to Jones Act benefits, such as maintenance and cure or other compensation.

To begin, a Jones Act attorney will review whether you meet the requirements to file a claim for compensation. Only sailors and seamen are covered by this federal law – not any other maritime workers. As a seaman, you must spend at least 30 percent of your time on a vessel or fleet in navigation, which means the boat or other vessel cannot be drydocked or placed out of commission. Also, as a seaman who works on a vessel or a fleet, your job must contribute to the function or mission of the vessel or fleet.

If you meet these requirements, then you may be entitled to compensation under the Jones Act. To pursue this compensation, you must file a lawsuit and establish that your employer was in some way negligent or guilty of intentional misconduct. If you have evidence of your employer’s negligence, no matter how slight, you may be in the position to negotiate a settlement under the Jones Act.

To learn more, call David I. Fuchs, Injury & Accident Lawyer, P.A. and schedule a free consultation with a Jones Act lawyer.

Maintenance and Cure

A legal concept prevalent in the maritime industry is that of maintenance and cure. Under this doctrine, certain maritime workers who are hurt on the job are entitled to maintenance and cure, which encompass specific types of damages.

Sailors, seamen, and commercial fishermen who are hurt while working can seek maintenance. This is compensation for your daily living expenses, including your mortgage or rent, utilities, and food. You also are entitled to cure, which includes your medical costs.

To discuss whether you have a right to maintenance and cure after a maritime accident, call a maritime lawyer right away.

Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act

If you are a longshoreman or harbor worker and are injured while working, call David I. Fuchs, Injury & Accident Lawyer, P.A. to discuss your right to compensation. The Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act is a federal workers’ compensation law that covers maritime workers who are not covered by the Jones Act.

To be eligible for compensation under this federal law, at least some of your job responsibilities must have been considered maritime duties, and you must have worked on, near, or around the water. If you pass these tests, then a maritime lawyer can fight for you to receive compensation while you recover.

The Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act

If you are an offshore worker in the oil or gas industry and are injured while working, the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act may apply to your situation. This federal law provides for compensation for workers who are injured while on the outer continental shelf.

To pursue compensation under the Outer Continental Shelf Act, your case needs to fit certain requirements. You cannot be hurt on a vessel. The accident had to occur on a temporary or permanent structure on the outer continental shelf. Also, you must have been a worker involved with exploring, developing, or extracting a natural resource, such as oil or natural gas.

Contact a Fort Lauderdale Maritime Lawyer for Help

Because of the complexity of federal maritime laws, it is important to speak with a maritime attorney after being involved in a boating, offshore, or port accident. If you are a worker, a lawyer can review which federal acts apply to your case.

If you are not a worker, but instead were injured as a passenger on a boat, cruise ship, or yacht, then federal maritime law will still apply to your case. You need to work with an admiralty and maritime law firm that is well-versed with these federal statutes and case law to ensure you have the best chance at bringing a successful claim for compensation.

To learn more about the maritime law that applies to your case and your legal options, call the David I. Fuchs, Injury & Accident Lawyer, P.A. at (954) 568-3636, or reach out via the online form to schedule a free consultation of your case.

If you cannot come to the Fort Lauderdale office, accident attorney David I. Fuchs will send a representative to see you. His staff speaks English and Spanish. Se habla Inglés y Español.

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