Maritime Accident Attorneys in Virginia Beach

Standing up for Those Injured on the Water

Maritime workers face dangerous conditions every day on the job. While these hazards lead to serious injuries and death every year, they are usually preventable with proper protocols and measures. When an employer or other party fails to follow these protocols and it leads to injury, they should be held liable for their negligence.

If you or a loved one were seriously injured or killed in a boating or maritime accident, whether on the open sea, in a harbor, or on any other navigable body of water, our maritime accident attorneys will stand up for your rights. 

Your case begins with a free and confidential case evaluation from our experienced legal experts. Call 855-212-8200 to get started today.

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Types of Maritime Accident Cases We Handle

When your job is on or near the water, you should feel safe, but all too often you’re forced to take your life into your own hands. Our experienced maritime accident attorneys stand behind longshoremen, harbor workers, shipyard workers, and others who work with or around water vessels as they stand up for their rights. 

In order to defend these workers, we handle a variety of different types of maritime accident cases, including:

  • General maritime law
  • Jones Act cases
  • Unseaworthiness
  • Wrongful death
  • Vessel sinking
  • Maintenance and cure
  • Crane accidents
  • Recreational boating accidents
  • Unsafe working conditions

Virginia Longshoreman Accident Claims

The Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act (LHWCA) is designed to protect longshoremen who work on and around vessels, docks, shores, and other areas of high water traffic. This law entitles employees injured on navigable U.S. waters to compensation, medical care, and vocational rehabilitation services. 

Unfortunately, it’s not as easy as it should be for injured longshoremen to access the compensation they’re owed. The insurance companies responsible for the payout often try to minimize or entirely avoid paying those injured. At other times, employers try to prevent their employees from filing their claim in the first place. 

These entities will try to find workarounds or negligible flaws in your case in order to avoid the financial repercussions. The maritime accident attorneys of Breit Biniazan will help you build a case they can’t ignore. 

Virginia Shipping Crate Accident Claims

Large, metal shipping containers have simplified the global shipping industry, but they’ve complicated the jobs and compromised the safety of workers. These containers weigh over 6,000 pounds—two to three times more than a car—making them life-threatening weapons when they aren’t properly stored, moved, or used. 

When shipping crates are not properly secured or loaded, they can shift and seriously injure those in their path. Even loading the crates is dangerous, as large cranes swing the heavy crates through the air and into the path of workers. 

Common causes of shipping crate accident injuries include:

  • Shifting containers
  • Crane accidents 
  • Crane malfunctions
  • Slip and fall accidents
  • Explosions
  • Capsizing or sinking 

If you are a maritime worker or longshoreman who was injured by a shipping container, or you are a family member of a worker who was killed, you should hold those responsible accountable. However, identifying and proving who was responsible requires the legal insight of an experienced maritime attorney. 

Virginia Water Sports Injury Claims

While maritime workers face dangerous conditions every day, the public can also be exposed to danger on the water when they least expect it. A fun day on the water can take a turn for the worst when someone’s negligence causes a Jet Ski, WaveRunner, or Sea-Doo accident. 

Jet Ski and watersport accidents can happen as a result of: 

  • Reckless riders: If you were in an accident with another Jet Ski driver, their reckless driving may be to blame. If they were inexperienced or under the influence of drugs and alcohol, they shouldn’t have been driving, and they should pay for their actions. 
  • Negligent rental companies: The rental companies who own the Jet Skis have a responsibility to make sure they’re used responsibly. If they rent the Jet Ski to someone who is too young or under the influence of drugs or alcohol, they’re liable for your injuries. 
  • Defective products: The manufacturer of the Jet Ski should be selling a safe product. So when they sell a defective Jet Ski, they’re putting the lives of the drivers in danger, and they should be held responsible for any injuries that occur.

Choosing Experienced Maritime Accident Attorneys

If you or a loved one were involved in a maritime accident, you should retain a lawyer to help you receive compensation from those responsible. In Virginia, no lawyer is as qualified to help you win your case as Jeffrey Breit, a national leader in maritime law. He was chosen for the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee after the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill disaster, one of the most complicated maritime cases of all time. 

To build every maritime case, Jeffrey works alongside our team of dedicated lawyers, as well as capable experts in relevant maritime fields, like marine safety and industry regulations, OSHA regulations, marine engineering, seaworthiness, vessel navigation, rigging, and crane operations. Together, they build a case that holds those responsible—no matter how powerful they may be—to justice in order to help those injured receive fair compensation. 
Begin your maritime accident case today with a free, confidential case evaluation by calling 855-212-8200.

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