DON’T HIRE A PRETENDER:
Many attorneys advertise for maritime injury cases. There are more than 100,000 attorneys licensed in the State of Florida. Many attorneys say they handle maritime claims. It has been estimated that there are only approximately 100 attorneys in the State of Florida that handle maritime cases. Make sure the attorney you are considering has actually filed suit against maritime defendants, and that they are not just saying they do maritime work. The attorney you choose should be able to answer the following questions: Where would I have to file suit?
What is the statute of limitations for my claim?
How many maritime cases have you actually handled?
On how many maritime claims have you actually filed suit?
Are you just going to refer out my claim to a maritime attorney?
Are you going to file my case in federal or state court?
When a person is injured in the maritime context—most commonly due to a vessel collision, or some other error of a vessel operator, or a Jet Ski or rental boat mishap—the at-fault party’s insurance company quickly becomes involved. You need to be careful what you say and do. Evidence needs to be preserved. Photographs need to be taken. Names of witnesses need to be gotten. Know that everything you say to an insurance representative for the at-fault party is going to be used against you. It is like the Miranda warning: “Anything you say can and will be used against you”. Do you have to give a statement to the insurance company? It depends. You absolutely, 100%, have the right to have an attorney with you—looking out for you—before you give any statement to any insurance company. For more information, read below about Limitation of Liability actions against you.
***None of the foregoing is legal advice and is not meant to give legal advice. Each case is different. This is why it is important to contact us on the specific facts of your case. What you say in making the claim can greatly affect your outcome.