Working in the maritime industry puts you at risk of sustaining severe injuries or even fatalities. Fortunately, if you or your dear one has been involved in a marine-related accident, you can pursue compensation to cover the lost wages, medical expenses, funeral, and other costs thanks to maritime laws. Even so, you should strongly consider contacting a trusted maritime lawyer to boost your odds of compensation. The value of a lawyer is indispensable and can include:
Gathering and filing evidence
The attorney will interview you and all relevant witnesses to gather information that is crucial to your case. He or she will also collect the medical records, any other testimonials, and help you fill all the necessary paperwork within the statute of limitations.
Accurate valuation of your claim
An experienced maritime attorney knows how to review your claim carefully to determine the accurate value based on all available evidence. Also, he or she will know how to document emotional and physical damages that do not have a precise monetary value attached to them.
Detailed knowledge of relevant laws
Making sense of the laws related to maritime accidents can be challenging. Thus, having a knowledgeable attorney by your side gives you a tremendous advantage. The lawyer is well-versed with the laws such as Jones Act, Death on the High Seas Act (DOHSA), and Longshore and Harbor Worker’s Compensation Act. He or she will know which law suits your claim best.
Advocacy during the legal process
While pursuing compensation for the injuries, you will need to deal with other parties, including your employer, insurance companies, and their attorneys. In most cases, the insurance companies will work hard to lower or even deny your claim. Conversely, a maritime lawyer will negotiate or battle with the insurance company in court to ensure that you receive the maximum settlement possible. That’s because most attorneys take cases on a contingency basis meaning that they won’t recover legal fees unless you obtain your compensation.
Need help? Call Michael E Fenimore, P.A.!
Maritime injuries can have devastating impacts on your life. If your injuries were a result of the negligence of another party, you deserve compensation for all the financial, physical, and emotional damages you’re coping with. At Michael E Fenimore, P.A. law firm, we strive to ensure that all our clients in Pensacola, Florida get professional legal representation. With a wealth of knowledge and expertise, our maritime attorney will prepare for a strong defense and help you obtain the maximum compensation.
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