With over 50 years of combined experience, the lawyers at Hickey Law Firm, P.A. are dedicated to helping the families and spouses of those who have been fatally injured or lost at sea. Attorney John H. (Jack) Hickey has unique qualifications that set him apart from the rest—he is one of fewer than 10 lawyers in the state of Florida who is double Board Certified in Admiralty and Maritime Law and in Civil Trial Law. Our entire team is committed to assisting families with the complexities of maritime wrongful death law.
There are different laws and acts that govern maritime law. When a loved one is killed at sea, you can be sure that our attorneys at Hickey Law Firm, P.A. will fight for you.
If your loved one has died on a cruise ship, or as a passenger or crewmember of any other kind of vessel, please call our Miami office at (855) 375-3727 for a free case evaluation.
General Maritime Wrongful Death
General maritime wrongful death law applies to both maritime workers and passengers who are killed within three nautical miles from a state shoreline or within U.S. territorial waters.
However, if a seaman or crewmember is killed within three nautical miles from a U.S. shoreline due to the negligence of an employer or ship owner, the Jones Act may also apply—meaning a Jones Act wrongful death claim can potentially be filed alongside a general maritime wrongful death claim.
Death on the High Seas Act
Maritime deaths that occur more than three miles from a United States shoreline fall under the Death on the High Seas Act. This law can apply to both maritime workers and passengers. However, it can also limit the recovery of damages to spouses, parents, children and dependent relatives. Only monetary damages are recoverable under this Act. Unfortunately, you can't get compensation for damages such as loss of consortium or companionship—you can only recover damages that hold monetary value.
Longshoreman, Harbor and Dock Worker Wrongful Death Claims
The Longshore and Harbor Worker's Compensation Act (LHWCA) applies to maritime workers who are not legally considered seamen, including:
- Land-based cargo handlers
- Crane operators
- Shore-side vessel workers
- Shipyard welders
Surviving family members of a maritime worker covered by the LHWCA are entitled to statutory death benefits. These benefits are based upon a percentage of the deceased individual's wages, including funeral expenses.
If the worker's death occurred outside of the admiralty jurisdiction of a court, the family must seek recovery under state wrongful death laws.
Contact Our Miami Maritime Wrongful Death Attorneys
It is important to have a knowledgeable lawyer on your side if your loved one was the victim of wrongful death while on a cruise ship. The attorneys at the Hickey Law Firm, P.A. will fight aggressively to hold all negligent parties accountable for your loss. While no amount of money can truly compensate you for the loss of your loved one, a wrongful death verdict can help your family stay financially afloat during this difficult time.
If your loved one has died due to an accident at sea, or on the job as a maritime worker, contact Hickey Law Firm, P.A. online or call (855) 375-3727 to speak to one of our experienced attorneys. We represent families in maritime wrongful death actions throughout the state of Florida and around the world.