With its miles of ocean coastline, marinas and docks are common to Florida—and Miami in particular.
Docks are structures that extend into a body of water that allows boats to be moored. They can be busy places with marine traffic and machinery. These structures are frequently the site of catastrophic injuries and wrongful death. These can be the result of:
- Slip-and-fall incidents
- Falls into the water
- Falls from walkways
- Falls from ladders
- Collapse of a dock or pier
- Mooring line accidents
- Boat collisions
- Injury due to cargo
- Injury due to machinery
Marina and dock accidents are often caused by another person’s negligence. If your injuries were the result of someone else’s negligence, they must be held liable. Depending on the circumstances, multiple parties may be responsible for damages related to your claim. Visitors and casual users of marinas and docks who suffer injuries in these types of accidents may be able to recover financially for the responsible parties’ negligence.
Maritime workers injured on the job may be eligible for compensation under the Longshore & Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act. The act covers a variety of maritime workers working on piers, wharfs, docks, terminals, or other areas used to build, load, unload, or repair vessels used on navigable waters.
The act provides financial compensation for:
- Injury caused by an accident
- Injury caused by unsafe working conditions
- Aggravation of pre-existing conditions
- Disease arising from employment or injury
If you are a maritime worker who was injured on the job, please visit our maritime worker injury page to learn more.
If you were injured at a dock or marina, the experienced legal team at Mase Mebane Seitz is qualified to handle your case. We have successfully handled thousands of maritime cases, trying hundreds to verdict. We can help you recover the most money for your injuries.
Injuries at Miami Marinas & Docks
Recent accidents at local marinas include a devastating vapor explosion that injured four people, including three children at Black Point Marina. Another accident involved a boat fire at Dinner Key Marina that sent one person to the hospital with severe burns.
Docks can also present unique dangers to employees, visitors, and boat owners. Whether you are injured on a floating dock or a fixed dock, you need an attorney who will help you get the maximum compensation available.
Marina and Dock Safety
Marinas and docks can present different hazards. Boarding and disembarking a vessel is one of the most common times a person is injured. Slip-and-fall accidents can cause catastrophic injuries to the head and neck. If you are injured because of a crew member’s negligence while you are boarding or disembarking a boat, several people may be held liable, including the owner.
When the owner of a marina or dock fails to provide a safe environment for guests, boat owners, or employees, they may be held legally responsible for any resulting injuries. For instance, if a dock is in disrepair and someone is injured, the property owner may be held liable.
It is crucial to contact an experienced marina and dock accident lawyer in Miami immediately after your injury. The sooner you retain our services, the more we can do to help. We will always fight to get you the greatest recovery available in your case. Whether you were a marina or dock worker injured on the job, a guest on a friend’s boat, or a crew member on a vessel, you deserve compensation.
Hire the Right Miami Marina and Dock Accident Lawyer
If you are injured at a marina or dock in Miami, call Mase Mebane Seitz today at (305) 602-4824. Our leading Miami marina and dock accident attorneys can help you understand your rights. We will ensure that all responsible parties are held liable and that you get the settlement you need to get back on your feet. You should never have to settle for less than your case is worth.
Before accepting an offer from an insurance company or property owner, make sure to have your case reviewed. You may be settling for significantly less than what you are owed. A dock or marina accident can be devastating, resulting in the loss of your job and extraordinary medical expenses. Let us help you get the most money for your case. Contact our office today for a free consultation.Back to Boating Accidents