How a Lawyer Can Help After an Accident in International Waters

An accident in international waters involves a unique set of intricacies. It’s essential to work closely with a lawyer who knows maritime law. Not only does Wagner, McLaughlin & Whittemore understand these federal laws, but we can apply them to your case to help you get maximum compensation.

An experienced maritime and admiralty lawyer working on your international waters accident case will help you gather crucial evidence, investigate what happened, determine who is at fault, assess available insurance, and establish liability. We can also professionally determine the nature and extent of your damages to ensure you recover a full and fair settlement or verdict in your favor.

Areas We Serve

We provide services to victims of accidents in international waters from our home office in Tampa. Some of the cities we can provide legal services through include, but are not limited to:

  • Clearwater
  • St. Petersburg
  • Ft. Lauderdale
  • Bradenton
  • Key West
  • Brandon
  • Orlando
  • Sarasota
  • Boca Raton
  • Lakeland
  • Naples
  • Fort Myers
  • Cape Coral
  • Miami
  • West Palm Beach
  • Jacksonville

Understanding Florida International Waters Injury Lawsuits

Most international waters accident claims require you to meet a few essential elements, including establishing the negligence of the at-fault party and demonstrating the extent of your injuries.

Proving Negligence in International Waters Accident Cases

Your Florida international waters injury attorney can help you prove that the other party was negligent in your case. Negligence indicates that a person failed to use the same care as a reasonable person in similar circumstances.

To prove negligence, your lawyer may have to:

  • Consult maritime experts
  • Analyze weather data
  • Reconstruct the accident timeline
  • Review data from service logs
  • Communicate with port authorities

It’s important to build a strong case to maximize your compensation potential.

Determining Damages in International Waters Accident Cases

The type and amount of damages you may get depends on several factors, including the type of maritime claim you have, the extent of your injuries, where your lawsuit is filed, and more. It’s important to know that no matter your claim type, your damages are not typically limited to current losses. They include future losses as well.

Your Florida international waters injury lawyer can evaluate your claim and estimate how much you can get in a full and fair settlement or jury verdict. Some examples of damages that you may be compensated for after an international waters accident in Florida include:

  • Past, present, and future medical costs
  • Lost wages
  • Home health care services
  • Property damage
  • Loss of earning capacity
  • Pain and suffering
  • Loss of enjoyment of life
  • Mental anguish
  • Permanent injury
  • Disfigurement

Gathering Evidence in International Waters Cases

Gathering evidence in a maritime case is somewhat different than handling an investigation when the accident happened on land. The evidence can quickly disappear or become damaged because of the harsh elements of the open sea.

Your lawyer will need to review witness statements, accident reports, medical records, maritime logs, and other information to develop the arguments in your case. Once they have enough evidence to establish liability and prove your damages, they can negotiate with the insurance companies to get you full and fair compensation.

Injured in International Waters? Call WMW Today

Obtaining compensation after an accident in international waters can feel overwhelming, especially if you’re still dealing with physical and emotional injuries. You should focus on recovery while we handle the rest.

Our experienced Florida international waters injury lawyers at Wagner, McLaughlin & Whittemore will handle your claim as efficiently as possible and help you move forward with life. We have developed successful strategies to meet the necessary elements of an international waters claim so that you can get the most compensation possible.

We're Available — Call Today

Rated By Super Lawyers Logo
LexisNexis AV Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Rated logo
Florida Justice Association Logo
American College of Trial Lawyers logo