Admiralty and Maritime Lawyers

Serving Miami, Florida and Nationwide


Miami maritime lawyer John H. (Jack) Hickey is Board-Certified in Admiralty and Maritime Law, and in Civil Trial Law by The Florida Bar – one of only a few lawyers in Florida who has achieved both of these specialized certifications. At Hickey Law Firm, P.A., we are dedicated to fighting for the rights of victims injured in admiralty and maritime accidents, including:

We represent families in disasters. We represent families who were on the Costa Concordia cruise ship which sank off of Italy on January 13, 2012. We also represented 3 of the families of seamen who drowned off the coast of The Bahamas when the cargo ship El Faro sailed right into Hurricane Joaquin on October 1, 2015.  We have the experience of dealing with the NTSB, the government agency which is investigating the Duck Boat sinking.  The NTSB ran the investigation in the sinking of the El Faro cargo ship.  

If you have been seriously injured or if your loved one has been killed as either a passenger or an employee onboard a vessel, call us today at (855) 375-3727 to schedule a free case evaluation with one of our experienced Florida maritime attorneys.

Admiralty, Maritime & Boat Accidents

Admiralty and maritime law governs all accidents occurring in navigable waters, meaning any waterway that has direct or indirect access to the ocean (inland, coastal, or the ocean itself). This can include injuries onboard:

  • Cruise ships
  • Yachts
  • Ferries
  • Tugs
  • Barges
  • Oil rigs
  • Riverboats
  • Dive boats
  • Fishing boats

Victims of maritime accidents may potentially be entitled to compensation for lost income, loss of earning capacity, medical expenses, pain, suffering, mental anguish (for example, about the future), loss of enjoyment of life, physical impairment and disability, scarring, and disfigurement. These damages, even in the slightest, are recoverable in the past and in the future.

The Jones Act

Seamen who are injured on a vessel – regardless of who is at fault – have a right to “maintenance and cure,” benefits meant to cover the food and shelter the seaman would have received aboard the vessel if the injury had not happened, and appropriate medical care and rehabilitation services to bring the seaman to maximum medical improvement.

In addition to maintenance and cure, a seaman is also potentially entitled to damages through the The Jones Act, a federal law that is designed to protect seamen who work on ships, offshore oil rigs, and other sea-going vessels.

Cases involving the Jones Act must involve proof that the employer was negligent and therefore at fault for the seaman’s injury. The ship owner is also liable for the unseaworthiness of the vessel. Maritime lawsuits have a 3-year statute of limitations in Florida, which makes it imperative that you contact an experienced Florida maritime attorney as soon as possible after your accident. 

Maritime workers who are not considered seamen may also have a right to compensation under The Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act.

Contact our Maritime and Boat Accident Lawyers

If you or one of your loved ones has been seriously injured in a maritime accident, please contact Hickey Law Firm, P.A. online or call (855) 375-3727 today to schedule a free case evaluation with one of our experienced Miami admiralty and maritime attorneys. We represent injured maritime accident victims throughout Miami, Fort Lauderdale, West Palm Beach, Tampa, and Orlando, Florida, and worldwide.