HURT IN A MARITIME ACCIDENT?
Turn to Montagna Maritime Law To:
Receive The Maximum Compensation For Your Injuries, Damages & Medical Bills.
Fully Protect You, Your Family, Your Legal Rights & Interests
Provide You With Honest Guidance On What To Do. Your Employer May Not.
Get Your Life Back On Track and Secure Your Future.
Our team is prepared to go to trial
We will not rest until you get what is rightfully yours.
We have helped people like you through some of the most difficult circumstances they’ve ever faced, helping them to recover from severe injuries and get the compensation they deserve.
No matter the circumstances of your accident, we can help you put your life back together and secure your future.
Maritime law is extremely complicated, making it just about impossible to win a case without an experienced lawyer on your side.
At Montagna Law, not only are we experts in our field, but we will get to know you and your case inside and out to get the best possible outcome for you.
If we don’t win your case, you won’t pay a dime.
Maritime Attorney Frequently Asked Questions
HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO SPEAK TO A MARITIME ATTORNEY?
Speaking to a maritime attorney at Montagna Maritime Law is free.
When you’ve suffered a serious injury at work, we understand that it can be a stressful and difficult time. That’s why we offer free case evaluations so you can get the legal advice you need without worrying about up-front costs.
When you contact Montagna Maritime Law for your free case evaluation, you can trust that you’ll speak with an experienced maritime attorney who understands the complexities of Jones Act maritime law, has extensive experience working with seamen like yourself, and knows how to get results.
We work on a no-win, no-fee basis. This means we will answer any questions you may have about your case and explain how we work, and cover the cost of any experts needed to assist in investigating your case, no matter how long it takes to resolve your case.
After meeting with our attorneys to discuss your case, you’re under no obligation to engage us as your legal representation.
While some law firms handle cases for hundreds of clients at a time, we do things differently. We handle each case personally, working with clients one-on-one. No matter what type of accident you’ve been involved in or injury you’ve suffered, we will take the time to understand every detail of your case so we can build a solid and successful legal strategy on your behalf.
Contact us today for your free case evaluation to discuss your legal options with an experienced Jones Act maritime attorney, at no cost. We’re available via phone, email, or in person.
WHAT RIGHTS DO I HAVE TO DAMAGES AFTER A WORK-RELATED INJURY AT SEA?
It’s important to know that you’re entitled to more than just Maintenance and Cure if you’ve suffered a maritime work-related injury. These benefits are separate to compensation you may recover under the Jones Act for negligence or unseaworthiness.
While maintenance and cure will help you pay for your general living and medical expenses, seeking damages under the Jones Act means you may be able to also recover compensation for loss of earnings, and pain and suffering. That’s why it’s critical you speak with a qualified maritime attorney who can inform you of your rights, help you file a Jones Act claim, and get you the compensation you deserve.
HOW LONG DO I HAVE TO FILE MY MARITIME INJURY CLAIM?
Claims filed for maritime injuries under the Jones Act must be done within three years from the time of the maritime accident or three years from the time the accident occurred that led to the injuries.
Under the Longshore Harbor and Workers’ Compensation Act (LHWCA), maritime workers have one year from the time of the accident to file an injury claim. However, if the employer is paying compensation and medical benefits after the injury, that one-year statute begins when the benefits stop.
The Death on the High Seas Act gives the families of victims who died at sea three years from the date of the death to file a wrongful death claim.
For Maintenance and Cure claims, which fall under general maritime law, the statute of limitations is typically three years. However, there are situations that might make the statute of limitations shorter or longer, which is why it’s crucial that you speak to a maritime attorney well before the three years have elapsed.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a work-related maritime accident, it’s important that you don’t waste time contacting a maritime attorney. The sooner you speak to a maritime attorney to assess your case, the sooner your attorney can start preserving important evidence related to your accident that will assist your compensation claim.
I’VE BEEN INJURED WHILE ENGAGING IN MARITIME WORK. WHAT SHOULD I DO?
- Report your Injury – Seamen must report a work-related injury to their employer within seven days of its occurrence. However, it’s best to report the injury as soon as possible.
- Seek medical care – It’s important to get appropriate medical treatment and follow-up care for any injury. Injured seamen have a right to choose their own doctor following an injury — you don’t need to go to your employer’s preferred doctor or one recommended by your employer’s insurance company.
- Be wary of signing documents – Your employer will likely ask you to prepare an accident reporting, detailing how your injury occurred and who was at fault. You aren’t required to complete a report before becoming eligible for damages under the Jones Act. It’s important you consider getting sound legal advice from a maritime attorney before submitting any reports or documents requested by your employer or their insurance company.
- Talk to a maritime attorney – A qualified maritime attorney will guide you through the legal options available to you and can help you file an injury claim. A maritime attorney can also help you claim any benefits you’re entitled to, such as Maintenance and Cure. Consultations and case evaluations with attorneys are usually free.
WHAT ARE THE RISKS OF NOT HIRING A MARITIME ATTORNEY?
Maritime law is complex. It combines modern legislation, centuries-old doctrines, common law, private contracts, international treaties, and more into a set of interdependent legal rules. Even in coastal cities, most personal injury lawyers are not proficient in admiralty law and won’t accept maritime cases.
Every case dealing with maritime law is different and the specific laws that will apply to your case will depend on the details surrounding it, including the details of your employment, how your accident occurred, and who contributed to it. That’s why it’s important to speak to a maritime attorney who understands the nuances of maritime law if you’ve been injured in a workplace accident.
Bringing a claim under the Jones Act or the Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act requires the skills and dedication of an experienced maritime attorney who will take the time to understand every detail of your case and build a solid and successful legal strategy on your behalf to recover maximum compensation.
While most maritime law issues fall under federal jurisdiction, some can be filed in state court or be subject to the Limitation of Liability Act. When our specialist maritime attorneys review your case, we will take many factors into considerations, many of which regular personal injury attorneys may not be familiar with.
For maritime workers and their families, suffering a serious injury at work can be stressful, and knowing what to do afterward can be confusing. The thought of hiring an attorney can be overwhelming, especially if you’ve never worked with one before. That’s why at Montagna Maritime Law, we work on a no-win, no-fee basis, so you can get the legal advice you need without worrying about up-front costs.
Why Montagna Law?
Choosing the right lawyer is one of the most important decisions you will have to make.
Results We Win and We Win Big
As one of the leaders in Maritime Law, we have helped maritime workers and their families recover the maximum compensation allowed under the law. We’ve won millions and millions of dollars. Let us put our 50 years of experience to work for you.
One On One Personal Attention
We never use a cookie-cutter approach. Every client receives one on one personal attention from an expert Maritime Attorney that cares about you and your case.
Every single case is unique and that’s why we take our time getting to know you and your situation, providing individualized attention and a fresh approach to every one of our clients.
Leaders In East Coast Maritime Law
With over 50 years’ experience working maritime and personal injury cases, Montagna Maritime Law has successfully fought for the rights of thousands of injured workers along the East Coast of the United States.
We Guide You & Fight Alongside You
We know all the tricks your employers and insurance company will play. They give little regard to your health and well being after an injury. Remember they are interested in paying the smallest amount possible regardless of how bad your injuries are or your expenses. Montagna Law has your best interests at heart.
Free Case Review & Contingency Fee Basis
To start, we have a zero-dollar, no-obligation consultation policy. Our fees come out of the money awarded to you. You will owe us nothing until we recover a settlement or judgment in your favor.
Contact us now so we can help you understand your rights and the steps you should take to get the best possible outcome.
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