Maritime/Admiralty law is one of the oldest bodies of law in the world. If you are or were a crew member, seamen or a passenger on a cruise ship or other merchant vessel, you may be able to bring a claim for damages whether the vessel was on land or at sea at the time of your injury.
The Merchant Marine Act of 1920, better known as the Jones Act provides that a crew member, seaman or passenger may bring a civil action of law, and recover damages, including punitive damages, if applicable, against the owner and master of a vessel, the vessel for personal injury or loss.
As a crewmember, you may bring a cause of action for your employer's:
- Failure to provide you with a safe workplace,
- Failure to provide you with prompt, proper and adequate medical treatment,
- Failure to provide a seaworthy ship,
- Failure to provide maintenance and cure,
- Medical malpractice by doctors who provided you medical treatment,
- Aggravation of your medical condition for sending you back to work injured, and
- Sexual assault by other crewmembers and/or officers.
Doctors and other health care providers make mistakes. When they provide sub-standard treatment to patients they can be held liable for medical malpractice. If a patient can prove that the health care provider failed to meet the standard of care and this resulted in the patient's injuries, the patient can recover monetary compensation for the injuries sustained.
Potential injuries include:
- Mistakes in treatment
- Improper Diagnosis
- Lack of Informed Consent
- Hospital Negligence
- Discovery of the presence of foreign body, such as a sponge, clamp, forceps, surgical needle, or other paraphernalia commonly used in surgical, examinations, or diagnostic procedures.
Personal injury covers a wide scope of incidents that cause you physical harm or bodily damage due to the actions or negligence of others. Many car accident injuries can be severe and life-altering, or even result in death. If the injury to yourself or a loved one was not your fault, you may be eligible for financial compensation for hospital bills, time out of work, and even just general pain and suffering.
Personal injuries include:
- Wrongful death
- Motor vehicle accidents
- Bus accidents
- Commercial truck accidents
- Slip and falls
- Nightclub injuries
- Medical malpractice
- Food poisoning
- Premises liability
We at Sotolongo Law know that when you are injured or have suffered a loss the stress and the financial hardship surrounding the incident is overwhelming. We provide an experienced and knowledgeable team ready to assist you.
There are More Than 200,000 Car Accidents Annually in Florida
Auto accidents are devastating especially when you get injured. You might be overwhelmed with medical bills or how you will be able to support your family while you recover. Our staff at Sotolongo Law will help you understand the process and stand by your side throughout the case. Car accident lawyer, Peter Sotolongo, represents people all over Florida who have been injured in a car, motorcycle or truck accident. Automobile accidents require experienced case handling in order to ensure that you are fully compensated for your losses.
Here are some of the common effects of car accidents:
- Personal injuries
- Doctor and hospital bills
- Physical therapy and rehabilitation
- Scars and permanent disabilities
- Car damage
- Insurance hassles
- Medical forms and paperwork
- Lost earnings
- Pain and suffering
- Wrongful death
Slip & Falls
Don't get stuck in a slip and fall accident alone. A property owner can be held liable when an injury occurs due to negligence. When in a slip and fall, make notes of any conversations or important out of place items you noticed before/after the accident. You may be able to recover the costs of lost income and medical bills as well as compensation for pain and suffering.
A personal injury litigation comes down to proving liability and damages. Mr. Sotolongo, the best slip and fall attorney, will recognize all of the different factors that can affect the case decision.
- Proving Liability
- Proving Damages
- The Cost of Representation
Sexual assault takes many forms including, but not limited to, attacks such as rape or attempted rape, as well as any unwanted sexual contact or threats. Many victims of sexual assault fear repercussions, especial when the assault happens in the work place. Others don't disclose because of fear they won't be believed.
Sotolongo Law believes in your rights. If you have been a victim of sexual assault, call us today and we will review your case and inform you of your rights.