Miami, FL Maritime Injuries
A maritime injury can have devastating effects on your life, leaving you with mounting medical bills, lost wages, and emotional stress. If you’ve been injured in a maritime-related incident, you need to find an experienced lawyer who can help you get the compensation you deserve. Contact Bowen Painter Trial Lawyers to schedule a free consultation.
Why Hire Bowen Painter For Your Maritime Injury Case
The decision to hire a lawyer should never be taken lightly. This is especially true when it comes to maritime injury cases, where the details and complexities of the legal landscape can be difficult for even seasoned attorneys to navigate. Here’s why you should hire us:
- With over two decades of experience in this specialized area of law, we understand how to navigate complex legal issues and provide advice tailored to each client.
- We represent our clients at every step of the legal process, including filing paperwork and litigating in courtrooms when necessary.
- We are always available and will keep you updated on your case; you’ll never have to wonder what’s going on.
Why You Need a Maritime Injury Lawyer
If you’ve been injured while working on a vessel, you may be eligible for maintenance and cure payments or compensation under other maritime laws. Unfortunately, some employers try to avoid making these payments or don’t provide the full amount they should. A maritime injury lawyer can help you get the money you deserve by investigating your claim, filing all necessary paperwork, and taking your case to trial if needed.
A maritime injury lawyer will investigate every aspect of your claim including reviewing medical records, interviewing witnesses, studying company policies, evaluating safety practices aboard vessels at sea (or in port), researching applicable laws and regulations, obtaining testimony from expert witnesses if needed, and more to build a strong argument for why their client deserves compensation
They can help you determine which type of claim best fits your situation so that you can maximize your benefits and receive appropriate compensation for your injuries or illness.
Maintenance and Cure
Maritime law provides protections for injured seamen through maintenance and cure payments. Maintenance are payments that refers to “ …the reasonable cost of food, lodging and transportation to and from a medical facility. The plaintiff is not entitled to maintenance while hospitalized because hospitalization includes food and lodging.”
Cure is “the cost of medical attention, including the services of physicians and nurses, as well as the cost of hospitalization, medicines, and medical apparatus.”
To obtain these payments, “…the plaintiff has the burden of proving each of the following elements by a preponderance of the evidence:
1. the plaintiff was a seaman;
2. the plaintiff was injured or became ill while in the service of the vessel; and
3. the amount of maintenance and cure to which the plaintiff was entitled.”
Maintenance and cure are guaranteed regardless of fault for an injury until maximum medical improvement has been reached.
What is Maximum Medical Improvement?
Maximum Medical Improvement is determined by a doctor who has examined the seaman’s condition following treatment or after an injury-related absence from work. The doctor will decide whether further medical treatment will improve the seaman’s condition or if additional treatments would only maintain their current state of health rather than providing any real benefit. If it is determined that no further improvement can be expected from additional treatments, then the employer’s obligation under maintenance and cure benefits will come to an end
Contact Bowen Painter Trial Lawyers For Help With Your Maritime Injury Claim
A good maritime injury lawyer can make all the difference when it comes to getting fair compensation for an injury sustained at sea or in port. They will investigate every aspect of your claim thoroughly so that they can build a strong argument on your behalf. Bowen Painter Trial Lawyers is here to help. Contact us today to schedule a free consultation.