Florida Maritime Accident? Speak with a Jones Act Lawyer Today
With abundant access to the Atlantic Ocean, the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean Sea, Florida’s ports and inland waterways are critical to our country’s domestic and international commercial activity. Workers at terminals and onboard container ships, cruise ships, cargo ships, barges, oil tankers, fishing boats and other commercial vessels play an essential role in the economy, helping to ensure that supply meets demand. Workers on offshore drilling rigs, crew boats, jack-up rigs and other oil-related rigs and vessels play similar roles as well.
Unfortunately, despite the risks offshore and other maritime workers face on a daily basis, shipping companies, oil companies and other employers often do not take the steps necessary to protect their employees’ health and safety. When maritime workers in Florida suffer work-related injuries, the Willis Law Firm helps them fight for just compensation.
Florida’s Ports and Inland Waterways
The largest seaport in Florida is the Port of Tampa Bay. The Port of Tampa Bay is also among the largest ports (by annual tonnage) in the entire United States. Each year, the Port of Tampa Bay services container ships and other commercial vessels transporting more than 45 million short tons of cargo.
The other major ports in Florida are:
- Port of Fort Pierce
- Port of Jacksonville
- Port of Miami
- Port Everglades
Collectively, the following Florida ports service millions of short tons of cargo each year as well:
- Apalachicola Harbor
- Port of Big Bend
- Port of Boca Grande
- Port Canaveral
- Dames Point
- Port Fernandina
- Port of Key West
- Naval Station Mayport
- Port of Palm Beach
- Port of Panama City
- Port of Pensacola
- Port Manatee
- Port of Port St. Joe
- Port St. Petersburg
In addition to its ports, Florida also hosts an extensive network of inland waterways, including a key stretch of the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway and the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway. Dredges, barges and tug boats use these routes on a regular basis, and container ships rely on these navigable waters to transport petroleum, building materials, manufactured goods and other products throughout the United States. With such a high volume of commercial activity, it is little wonder that these waterways see numerous Florida barge accidents and Florida maritime accidents every year.
Florida Offshore Drilling Accidents
Of course, Florida serves as the base of operations for many offshore drilling projects in the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic Ocean as well. Seamen who work on service boats, as well as maritime workers on rigs and offshore platforms, often face extreme risks – not only from hurricanes, but just in their day-to-day working environments. Like other offshore workers, oil company employees who get injured on the job (and their families in cases involving work-related fatalities) are often eligible for compensation under the Jones Act, the Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act and other laws.
Discuss Your Maritime Injury Case During a Free Consultation
The Willis Law Firm provides nationwide legal representation for victims of maritime injuries. Maritime injury lawyer David Willis is licensed to practice in Texas and New York, and has been representing clients in Jones Act and other maritime law cases for more than 30 years.
If you or a loved one has been injured at work, you may be entitled to significant financial compensation. To learn more about your legal rights, call 1-800-GOT HURT or contact us online for a free consultation today.