Personal injury cases involving workers on vessels and oil rigs are very different from those involving people with land-based professions. For example, when people who work in an office suffer a lower back injury that causes 5-7 percent impairment, they may still be able to work, but if oil rig workers, and others in maritime employment, suffer a similar injury, they are unable to do their jobs. Maritime employers will usually not hire a worker who has suffered a back injury, or one who has any permanent impairment rating or significant physical restrictions or limitations imposed by a physician.
Attorney John W. Merting has spent more than 40 years helping people who have suffered serious injuries in maritime accidents. He is the first Board-Certified Admiralty and Maritime injury lawyer in North Florida, and he has helped hundreds of people injured offshore. Mr. Merting can handle claims involving:
- Oil rig/supply boat injuries
- Jones Act/unseaworthiness claims
- Cruise ship injuries
- Tugboat and barge accidents
- Shipyard, dock and pier accidents
- Commercial fishing accidents
Contact the Law Offices of John W. Merting, P.A., to discuss your case and find out how Mr. Merting can help recover full and fair compensation for your maritime accident injury. He also represents people injured in serious 18-wheeler accidents throughout Florida.
Career-Ending Injuries Are Not Always 'Catastrophic'
At the Law Offices of John W. Merting, P.A., we represent offshore worker injury victims who can no longer work due to catastrophic injury, such as traumatic brain injury, amputation and spinal cord injury.
Many injuries that end maritime careers may not qualify as catastrophic injuries. If a person cannot lift 35-50 pounds because of a lower back injury, that person is simply not going offshore. The offshore worker injury victim will be left with very few transferable job skills, and will most likely be required to take an entry-level job on land that may pay minimum wage.
Contact An Experienced Maritime Injury Lawyer
Have you or someone you know suffered a career-ending injury? John Merting is a Gulf Breeze-area offshore worker injury victim lawyer with more than four decades of experience. Mr. Merting has appeared in courts throughout Florida and many other states on behalf of injured offshore workers. His more than 40 years of experience can be important to demonstrate how devastating even a seemingly minor permanent injury can be.
Because of this experience in matters of maritime injury, our lawyer often receives doctor and attorney referrals.
Schedule a free consultation by contacting our maritime accident law firm online or by calling 850-733-8997.
From law offices in Gulf Breeze, Florida, maritime injury lawyer John W. Merting represents clients nationwide and throughout the world who have been injured at sea. We serve mariners throughout the Gulf Coast in Florida, Alabama, Louisiana, Texas, the Mississippi River and the Intracoastal Waterway.
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