Biloxi & Gulfport Boat Accident Attorney
Biloxi-area lawyer knows what it takes to get you a fair settlement
If you have been injured in a maritime accident, you may be wondering about your rights. Whether you are an employee injured on the job or a passenger injured while on a boat or other watercraft, the law helps you get fair compensation for your injuries. Attorney Judy Guice has the experience and knowledge of the law to ensure you receive fair payment for your injuries. Contact our Biloxi & Gulfport boat accident attorney today.
Your rights under general maritime law
A serious injury can happen to anyone who is on or around a maritime vessel. Seamen injured while in service to the vessel may be reimbursed for maintenance and cure under maritime law, which means their employers are responsible for paying the costs of their daily room and board while off the ship and their reasonable medical costs until they are fit for duty or reach maximum medical cure. Seamen are also entitled to wages they would have earned for the duration of the voyage or contract.
Non-seamen working around vessels, such as longshoremen, contractors on naval bases, marina workers, electricians and firefighters, have reimbursement rights under workers’ compensation, but they can also receive increased benefits and sue for damages in cases of negligence under the Longshore Act.
Passengers on vessels may also recover damages for their injuries caused by negligence under personal injury law. These damages can include medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and loss of consortium. Furthermore, injured parties may recover punitive damages if the injury was caused by reckless disregard for others or an intentional act.
Generally, maritime injury cases have a three-year statute of limitations from the time of the injury, but if you are a passenger on a cruise ship, your ticket often states that you have as little as one year to file a claim. If you are injured in a maritime accident, it is important to contact an experienced maritime injury attorney like Judy Guice to ensure your case is handled in a timely manner.
Know your rights under the Jones Act if you are a seaman injured on the job
In addition to injury reimbursement under general maritime law, the Jones Act provides other sources of compensation for seamen injured on the job. Additional damages can be sought if your injury was caused by the negligence of your employer. This overrides state workers’ compensation rules that generally disallow suing an employer for negligence.
Only seamen are eligible for protection under the Jones Act, which means men and women who are substantially connected with the navigation of the vessel or accomplishment of its mission, including:
- The ship’s crew
- Cruise ship employees, such as waiters, entertainers and cooks
- Personnel hired for the ship’s maintenance while at sea
In addition to protecting the rights of seamen in the case of injury, the Jones Act also protects against foreign ships being used for commercial purposes in U.S. waters and ports. During times of national emergency, such as the recent hurricanes Katrina and Sandy, the Department of Homeland Security can waive the Jones Act to allow foreign ships to assist with efforts to move goods within the country, but these waivers are usually tailored to allow operation of foreign vessels and do not apply to the injury protections provided by the act.
Biloxi maritime injury attorneys help protect your rights
Biloxi maritime injury attorney Judy Guice has decades of experience using maritime laws to protect the rights of seamen, oil rig workers, fishermen, and other maritime workers who were injured in maritime accidents, as well families who lost loved ones in maritime accidents. As a preeminent attorney, Guice has a wealth of knowledge of these laws, which include the following:
- Jones Act
- Longshore and Harbor Workers Compensation Act (LHWCA)
- Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act
- Death on the High Seas Act (DOHSA)
- Other laws pertaining to boating accidents and fishing injuries
Using these laws to your advantage, Biloxi maritime injury lawyer Guice can help seek justice for maritime work related injuries. Such injuries may result from the negligence of ship owners and crew members, oil spill accidents and oil rig injuries, the wrongful death of maritime workers, and almost any other type of maritime injury that may occur in Biloxi or elsewhere in Mississippi.
Types of maritime accidents and injuries
As a compassionate and skilled Biloxi maritime injury law firm, The Law Offices of Judy Guice has helped clients and their families suffering from any type of Biloxi maritime injury, including the following:
- Oil spill injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Explosion and burn injuries
- Traumatic brain injury
- Broken bones
- Emotional distress
- Wrongful death
A maritime injury in Biloxi can happen on almost any vessel or waterway, such as the following:
- U.S. waters
- Ports, harbors, shipyards, or dockyards
- Fishing boats
- Offshore oil drilling platforms or rigs
- Cruise ships
- Crew boats
- Commercial diving
- Cargo ships
Let a Biloxi & Gulfport maritime injury attorney help you get the compensation you deserve
When you are injured on a maritime vessel, the law can be complicated, and getting fair compensation may be difficult. That’s why you need an experienced maritime injury attorney like Judy Guice on your side. She knows the law and makes sure you are given every protection under the law. If you have been injured, contact the Law Offices of Judy Guice today online or by phone at 228-374-9787to set up a consultation.