Gulf Breeze Maritime Brain Injury Accident Lawyer

At the Law Offices of John W. Merting, P.A., in Gulf Breeze, Florida, we are dedicated to seeking justice on behalf of brain injury victims. We focus our attention on serving those who were injured in maritime accidents and 18 wheeler accidents in Florida, across the United States and worldwide.

The key to our success is Florida maritime brain injury lawyer John W. Merting. He is the first attorney in all of North Florida to be Board-Certified in Admiralty and Maritime Law by The Florida Bar, and has more than 40 years of legal experience. The defense is thoroughly aware of Mr. Merting's experience, and this is beneficial to clients in recovering fair compensation.

If you or a loved one suffered a traumatic brain injury in a maritime or 18-wheeler accident, contact the Law Offices of John W. Merting, P.A., today for a free initial consultation.

Our practice includes representation for clients with all types of brain trauma, including:

  • Brain damage
  • Brain death
  • Closed head injury
  • Concussion
  • Contusion
  • Hypoxic/anoxic brain injury (oxygen deprivation)
  • Open head injury
  • Skull fracture
  • Traumatic brain injury (TBI)
  • Near drowning — psychiatric and physical injuries

These brain injuries can have long-lasting effects that may take away a person's ability to function in normal society. Even mild brain injuries, such as concussions, can end a career. We seek full compensation for medical bills, lost wages, ongoing medical care, pain and suffering, and loss of the ability to enjoy life, and other effects of an accidental head injury.

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Most maritime claims have a three-year statute of limitations — a formal lawsuit must be filed in the proper court or your claim will be forever barred! However, some wrongful death claims and some claims against U.S. government ships or private ships under contract to the U.S. government or military can have limitations as short as 18 months. Cruise ships usually require written notice of claims within six months and suit within one year in a specifically designated court.

The Resources Needed For A Successful Case Outcome

Attorney Merting has handled brain injury cases in various parts of the country and served for many years as chairman of the local bar's Interprofessional Relations Committee of physicians and attorneys. This background provides access to well-known neurosurgeons, neurologists, physiatrists and other medical specialists who deal extensively with brain-injured patients. Mr. Merting can call on them for treatment options, advice and expert medical testimony to strengthen our cases.

Mr. Merting also has well-established working relationships with certified life care planners and economists with specialized knowledge in the area of brain injured clients.

We have written and lectured to other attorneys on the subjects of both settlement trusts and their advantages. These trusts are necessary in many brain injury cases in order to maximize investment income for the injured plaintiff and his or her family.

We also have access to experienced financial advisors who have placed hundreds of millions of dollars from catastrophic injury cases with professionally managed trust companies at extraordinarily favorable rates of return. These companies utilize professional trustees whose loyalty is solely to the injured plaintiff and his or her family, rather than to an insurance company. The trustees offer a degree of flexibility that structured settlements or annuities lack.

Academy Of Trial Advocacy (Formerly Academy Of Catastrophic Injury Attorneys)

Attorney Merting is an invited member of the Academy of Trial Advocacy, an exclusive professional organization composed of less than 300 plaintiff's attorneys nationwide who specialize in brain injury and other catastrophic injury cases. Thus, Mr. Merting has the ability to network among other nationally known plaintiff's attorneys. This allows him to brainstorm on cutting edge issues, and to obtain background information and prior deposition testimony on prospective expert witnesses, both plaintiff and defendant.

Membership in the Academy of Trial Advocacy is strictly limited to those who, at a minimum, have:

  • Conducted an active plaintiff's litigation practice for at least 10 years
  • Tried a minimum of 25 jury and/or nonjury trials, arbitrations or mediations (Mr. Merting has conducted hundreds)
  • Be regarded by peers as among the most ethical and accomplished trial lawyers
  • Written and lectured extensively in his or her fields before regional and national trial lawyer organizations
  • Litigated for clients in at least 10 separate cases in which the client suffered a catastrophic injury such as death, brain injury, paraplegia, quadriplegia, blindness, amputation or total disability

Information For People Injured In Maritime Situations

Someone injured in a maritime situation should refrain from giving a tape recorded or written statement until they have been advised of their rights by an experienced and qualified maritime attorney. Employers and their insurers usually seek to obtain statements before such consultations can occur. These representatives frequently work from prepared scripts and obtain information that can be extremely detrimental to the injured party's chances of obtaining a fair financial recovery.

Seamen injured in the course of their employment should immediately report the incident to their superiors and seek medical aid. They should be extremely careful about completing or signing any incident reports and medical treatment forms if the description of the incident is not completely accurate. Most incident reports completed by the company personnel attempt to minimize any fault on the part of the employer and/or its employees, and seek to place as much negligence as possible on the injured worker!

Mr. Merting qualified as a Proctor in Admiralty by the Maritime Law Association of the United States. He has served in numerous elected positions with the Southeastern Admiralty Law Institute, including as its chairman in 2005, and as chairman of its Advisory Council in 2006. The institute is composed of approximately 700 maritime attorneys, and includes other maritime industry representatives. Mr. Merting was only the second plaintiff attorney to be elected as chairman. His election is tangible evidence of his level of professional reputation and expertise Mr. Merting has earned in the field of maritime law and practice.

Contact The Law Offices Of John W. Merting, P.A.

Contact brain injury lawyer John W. Merting regarding any brain injury involving federal or maritime law. Mr. Merting represents harbor workers, longshoremen, seamen and others nationwide and throughout the world who have been injured at sea. Our Gulf Breeze area law firm serves mariners throughout the Gulf Coast in Florida, Alabama, Louisiana, Texas, the Mississippi River and the Intracoastal Waterway.

The following are some prominent medical facilities that offer specialized programs for brain injured individuals:

  • Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago
  • The Institute for Rehabilitation and Research in Houston, Texas
  • Children's Healthcare of Atlanta
  • Scottish Rite in Atlanta
  • Middleboro Skilled Care Center in Middleboro, Massachusetts
  • Spaulding Rehabilitation Center in Boston, Massachusetts
  • Radius Healthcare in Plymouth, Massachusetts

Call us toll-free at 866-416-4412 for a free consultation.