Examinations Under Oath

Examinations Under Oath What is an Examination Under Oath and do I have to submit to one? Yes. Most insurance policies require an insured to submit to an Examination Under Oath as part of the insurer’s investigation prior to making a determination o...

Insurance Litigation

Insurance Litigation Our insurance trial attorneys regularly represent clients throughout Florida who are involved in insurance disputes. After the 2005 hurricane season, delay of insurance payments left entire families homeless throughout Florida ...

First Party Insurance Claims

First Party Insurance Claims Our attorneys have extensive experience litigating insurance claims on behalf of homeowners, vessel owners and business owners against their insurance companies. We have handled claims involving the improper calculation...

Vessel Documentation & Registration

Vessel Documentation & Registration Documentation of a vessel is a national form of registration. It dates back to the 11th Act of the First Congress and is one of the oldest functions of the U.S. Government. There are many reasons to document a...

Cruise Ship Litigation

Cruise Ship Litigation Modern cruise vessels are best viewed as floating hotels that transport their guests from exotic port to exotic port where the passengers stay a few hours for shopping, snorkeling, scuba diving, parasailing and touring. The...

Maritime Personal Injuries and Boating Accidents

Maritime Personal Injuries and Boating Accidents According to the 2008 Florida Boating Accident Statistical Report, Florida has the highest number of registered boating vessels in the United States. Florida also has the highest number of boating...

Seaman's Claims and The Jones Act

Seaman's Claims and The Jones Act Although the Jones Act is similar to workers' compensation, it is different in many regards and is not well understood by vessel owners and insurance companies. It does not require payment regardless of fault. In...

Diving Accidents and Diving Laws

Diving Accidents and Diving Laws All aspects of Maritime activities have their own special laws and Scuba and free diving are no exception. Besides the complexities of Maritime law and how these laws apply to divers, there are a number of other...

The Death on the High Seas Act

The Death on the High Seas Act When a seaman dies as a result of an employer's negligence or because of an unseaworthy vessel, the worker's family may file for benefits under the Death on the High Seas Act (DOHSA). The incident must occur on the...

Construction Litigation

Construction and emergency service projects can ill afford to become bogged down by legal concerns. Our attorneys have experience and proficiency in construction law and also experience working with contractors, builders, emergency service providers,...

The Longshoreman and Harbor Workers Act

The Longshoreman and Harbor Workers Act Modern cruise vessels are best viewed as floating hotels that transport their guests from exotic port to exotic port where the passengers stay a few hours for shopping, snorkeling, scuba diving, parasailing...

Cargo Claims-Carriage of Goods by Sea Act (COGSA)

Cargo Claims-Carriage of Goods by Sea Act The bulk of maritime commercial activity involves carriage of goods. The most important document used in this type of transaction is the bill of lading. A bill of lading is basically a contract of carriage....

Boating Citations

Boating Citations During the Lobster Mini Season of July 28 through August 1, 2003, the FWC documented 109 resource citations, 19 other citations, 87 Uniform Boating Citations, 356 boating safety warnings, 234 resource warnings, 27 other warnings,...

Ciguatera Fish Poisoning

Ciguatera Ciguatera fish poisoning is endemic wherever coral reef fishes are a food source. In South Florida, this includes the local coral reef fishing grounds as well as all of the Caribbean. It is the most frequently reported seafood-related...

Salvage Resources

Salvage The concept of marine salvage has been recognized by the law since the times of Byzantine Empire. Unlike land based volunteer acts to save property, the person who saves property at sea is entitled to a reward which is generously computed...