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Maritime Law

Maritime Accident Attorney in Fort Lauderdale

Representing Individuals in Admiralty Collisions

It is known that when it comes to boating in Fort Lauderdale and South Florida, spending time out on the water is a way of life. But boating accidents occur all too often. In 1920, the U.S. Congress enacted the Jones Act, a comprehensive statute that permits seamen of inland and offshore vessels injured during employment by the negligence of a ship owner, master, or fellow crew member to recover damages for personal injuries. It is like workers’ compensation but includes many more nuances and complexities and for that reason, is not well understood by vessel owners, insurance companies and attorneys alike. That is why it is key to have an admiralty lawyer on your side that is familiar with the Jones Act.

The Jones Act is very specific in terms of time limitations but is vague about who is entitled to protection under the Act and what constitutes a vessel. That is why it is crucial to have a maritime injury lawyer who has experience in handling Jones Act cases and the knowledge necessary to fairly evaluate your case and give you sound and accurate advice. You need someone who knows how to prove you fall under Jones Act protection to qualify for compensation.

When you call Ginnis & Krathen,P.A., you will speak to an experienced maritime accident attorney who will guide you through the complexity of the Jones Act. We pride ourselves on being able to provide our clients with quality, personal attention and for successfully aiding our clients in getting the reimbursement they deserve.

Call our Fort Lauderdale office at (954) 833-7044 or fill out our online form.

Maritime & Admiralty Law Attorneys

Maritime law, otherwise known as Admiralty law, is the law of the water. It is a complex area of law encompassing cruise ship passenger injuries, recreational boating accidents, seaman injuries under the Jones Act, ship fires and much more. Unfortunately, the Jones Act and other maritime law statutes are vague and there are many complications that can arise in cases brought under these laws. It is also troubling to find a qualified and knowledgeable admiralty and maritime attorney.

If you or someone you love was injured while on a cruise, in a boating accident or while employed on a vessel, you need a maritime injury lawyer who can assist you in getting the reimbursement you deserve.

Ginnis & Krathen, P.A. has years of experience representing victims of maritime injuries. When you call our office, you will speak with an experienced maritime accident attorney. You will receive personal care; you will be treated with respect and you will receive top-quality representation to get you the reimbursement you deserve.

Every Case Matters

Millions of Dollars Recovered in Successful Verdicts & Settlements
  • Fatal Truck Accident $3,000,000

    We recovered $3 million for the family of a pedestrian who was fatally struck in a truck accident.

  • Slip & Fall $2,950,000

    Our client slipped and fell on commercial private property due to a leaking roof. As a result, Ginnis & Krathen, P.A. was able to secure $2.95 million for our client.

  • Rear-End Car Accident $2,000,000

    Ginnis and Krathen successfully resolved a rear-end motor vehicle crash on behalf of their clients in the amount of $2,000,000.00. Our clients were driving south on I-95 when they were rear-ended by a tractor-trailer. The force of the crash was so significant that it sent our clients’ vehicle into a wooded area on the side of the road.

  • Motorcycle Accident $1,520,000

    Ginnis and Krathen successfully resolved a motorcycle crash involving a fatality in the amount of $1,520,000.00. The decedent was killed when his motorcycle was struck by a commercial vehicle.

  • Sidewalk Fall $1,400,000

    Ginnis and Krathen successfully resolved a Slip and Fall case on behalf of their client in the amount of $1,400,000. Due to the negligence of Defendant, our client fell in the common area of a 55+ condominium community and sustained significant injuries.

  • Rear-End Car Accident $1,350,000

    A drunk, uninsured driver going 60-70 mph crashed into the rear of a vehicle with a man and woman in their 70s and a 99-year-old passenger. Attorneys Eric Ginnis and H. Ross Zelnick successfully negotiated to obtain a $1.35 million settlement for the two seniors and the estate of the 99-year-old decedent.

  • Slip and Fall – Slippery Floor $950,000

    Our client slipped and fell on a very slippery polished marble floor. The carrier denied liability prior to a lawsuit being initiated. The attorneys at Ginnis & Krathen, P.A., after contested litigation,  we were able to reach a settlement for our client in the amount of $950,000.

  • Side-Swipe Auto Accident $900,000

    Ginnis and Krathen successfully resolved a side-swipe motor vehicle crash on behalf of their client in the amount of $900,000.00. Our client was operating his motor vehicle when he was sideswiped by another motor vehicle.

  • Automobile T-Bone Accident $750,000

    While traveling in their vehicle, our clients were struck on the side by a large pickup truck. Through aggressive presuit negotiations, with the Defendant’s insurance company, our attorneys were able to settle the case in an amount of $750,000.

  • Auto Sideswipe $650,000

    Our client was sideswiped by another vehicle and sustained injuries due to the crash. Our attorneys were able to settle the case in the amount of $650,000 for our client.

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Client Testimonials

Real Stories, Real Recoveries
  • If we ever need a lawyer in the future they will be my first phone call

    “Ginnis & Krathen was not what I expected for a law firm. Eric and Milly are professional understanding and compassionate. If we ever need a lawyer in the future they will be my first phone call.”

    - Lisa T.
  • The best decision I made.

    “For the first time since the accident, I felt someone was on my side! I am very pleased with the settlement he negotiated for me, but more so for the personal level of service and professionalism during such a difficult time!”

    - Linda P.
  • Exceeded all my expectations.

    “I still can’t believe how they have exceeded all my expectations. They did an incredible job. I would strongly recommend them to anyone. Thanks so much. I’m so grateful a friend of my sister referred me to your office.”

    - Frantz M.
  • Knew exactly what was going on.

    “They all are friendly, and you won’t be passed off to a case manager. Any time I’ve called, I’ve spoken to an attorney or at least a paralegal. Some offices will pass you to a case manager or an intake rep. You won’t experience that”

    - Dee C.
  • Held my hand through the whole process.

    “Lissette went above and beyond the call of duty to help me. This group is awesome. They made a difficult situation pleasant and held my hand through the whole process.”

    - Julieanna J.
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What Makes Us Different?

Learn About Our Unique Legal Approach
  • Proven Record of Success

    We have recovered millions of dollars in successful verdicts and settlements, including a seven-figure case that another firm turned down.

  • Trial-Ready Legal Advocacy

    Our personal injury attorneys have extensive jury trial experience and have collectively tried more than 250 jury trials to verdict.

  • Extensive Medical Resources

    Our firm benefits from a qualified network of medical experts who will waste no time in assessing your injuries, no matter how extensive.

  • A Network of Support

    When you hire us, you will benefit from the unwavering support of our attorneys, legal staff, forensic investigators and more. 

  • Personalized Legal Approach

    As our client, you can rest assured that your case will receive the personalized care and attention of a knowledgeable senior partner — no matter the size.

  • Maximized Case Value

    We are committed to maximizing the recovery that our clients deserve and have successfully settled cases that other law firms have turned down.