In this clip, Florida maritime lawyer Mr. Charpentier explains maritime law and the Jones Act. Maritime is primarily a federal law that is dictated through the government. If you or someone you know has been injured in a boating-related incident in Central Florida, contact a maritime lawyer from Charpentier Law Firm, P.A. today.
Maritime Law simply is the law of the sea. Maritime Law is primarily a Federal Law that is dictated through the Federal Government as opposed to the State Government. It is important to understand the differences and it is important to have an attorney that is familiar with the differences. Living here on the coast for all these years and practicing law for the last 27 years on this coast has given me some insight in that regard and a lot of experience in those cases. One example is the Jones Act. The Jones Act was enacted by the United States Congress to protect workers that went to sea on vessels. These vessels are simply boats and ships that operate on navigable waterways. Now, what can be a navigable waterway. It could be the St. John’s river, it could be the intercoastal waterway, it certainly is the ocean. Those cases have different laws that apply. The worker has different rights and in some cases such as the Jones Act, it operates like Workers Comp, but also gives you the right to sue for pain and suffering damages under certain conditions. The bottom line, if you have a case that happens on the water, call me! I will be happy to talk to you and discuss your rights and how they interact with the applicable law.