Charter fishing trips can be an extremely fun activity for those living and traveling to South Florida. However, these trips can become nightmares very quickly if you get injured while out on the water. Injuries can stem from rough water, free-flying fishing tackle, or negligent crew members not performing their work safely which means you could use a maritime attorney.
Injuries claimed by passengers on a fishing charter are covered under General Maritime law. Most of these claims may be brought in state court (unlike cruise incidents). It is important to include an attorney with specific knowledge of General Maritime law if you have been injured on the water. You will need an attorney that knows that there a shorter statute of limitations (3 years as compared to a 4 year if on land) that govern these claims. There are also other specific rules that control cases under General Maritime law that having an attorney with maritime experience will get you the best result possible.