Maritime Injury Lawyer Houston, Texas

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Maritime Injury Lawyer

Houston Maritime Lawyer Helps Injured Seaman in Lawsuits Nationwide

Houston maritime injury law firm represents maritime and offshore workers injured in all areas of the maritime industry in lawsuits and claims. Injured workers may be covered by the Jones Act, also known as the Merchant Seaman Protection and Relief Act, Shore-based maritime injury §905(b) claims, under various Maritime Laws, Admiralty, DOHSA, including many state and federal laws to protect the worker. If the seaman was injured on a vessel in U.S. coastal waters, inland rivers, canals, navigable waterways, ports, docks and shore side and marine terminals then they will likely classified as a Jones Act seaman.

Vessels covered under the Jones Act include: barges, tugs, offshore drilling platforms, dredges, pipe and lay barges, cargo ships, jack up rigs, crew boats, cruise ships, yachts, diving boats, towboats, tankers, fishing boats, drill ships, supply boats, fishing boats, fish processing vessels other types of motorized craft.

Maritime Benefits for Injured Worker

Benefits for the injured seaman include a daily wage known as maintenance and medical benefits called cure. Maintenance and cure benefits are similar to workers compensation benefits, but with more legal rights to protect the injured seaman. Additionally the injured maritime worker may also be able to file under the Jones Act, against their employer, for personal injury types of damages. Additionally the maritime worker may be able to file a unseaworthiness claim against the vessel owner, if the boat owner was negligent in the way that the vessel was maintained, poor maintenance, broken equipment, negligent hiring of ship crews, chemical exposures, toxic exposures, rusted or dangerous steps or stairs, bad lighting and conditions with the deck or other dangerous conditions that contributed to the injury to the worker.

Often the maritime worker is faced with the employer or the claims adjuster telling the worker they must go to employer’s doctor or refusing to allow the injured maritime worker a second opinion or forcing the worker to travel great distances to see a doctor, when even better specialized or Board Certified Orthopedic Surgeons and Neurologists are just miles away. Without an experienced maritime injury lawyer helping to guide the injured deal with the insurance companies, often a worker claims falls through the cracks and they missed the important filing deadlines and statutes of limitations for filing a maritime lawsuit or Jones act claim or other state and federal laws that may apply.

Our maritime law firm is ready to assist you in protecting your legal rights, fighting for your rights on any denied claims or legal disputes. Working offshore or on a ship whether it is at the Port of Houston, in the Gulf of Mexico, inland river, middle of the Pacific or Atlantic Oceans, serious injuries do occur including:

  • Crushed or amputated fingers, hands or feet
  • Broken bones
  • Herniated disks
  • Cracked Vertebra
  • Back and spinal cord injuries
  • Burns from fires or explosions
  • Toxic chemical exposure or inhalation
  • Asbestos exposure
  • Traumatic brain injury (TBI)
  • Diving injuries / bends
  • Lifting and climbing injuries
  • Falls and slips on desks
  • Helicopter or transportation injuries
  • Personnel basket transfer injuries

Contact a Houston Maritime Injury Lawyer & Attorney

If you have been injured offshore, you may need legal help soon. Talk to a Board Certified Personal Injury Trial Lawyer with over 30 years of experience.

Call today for a free and confidential consultation at 1-800-883-9858 or fill out our online maritime injury help form.

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