Houston Maritime Injury Attorney
What are Maritime Accidents?
Maritime accidents generally refer to accidental injuries involving persons working on or around navigable waters–that is bodies of water used for interstate or international commerce and include interconnected systems of lakes, rivers seas, and oceans. This often involves injuries sustained while working on on oil platforms, boats, cargo ships and other sea-faring vessels or along shoreline docks, sea terminals or riverways around or connecting to the Gulf of Mexico.
Maritime Worker Status
Maritime attorneys often are required just to help sort out the proper status of an injured worker so that the right claim may be filed. The Merchant Seaman Protection and Relief Act of 1920 was a law designed to create a similar protection as worker’s compensation for people injured while working as a longshoreman, seaman or other marine workers. The act allows injured workers to file claims for benefits to cover damages that they suffer while working in the admiralty and maritime field. Depending upon the injured person’s status, he may have several avenues of recourse including a claim under the Longshore and Harbormen’s Act, the Jones Act or state common law personal injury laws. A maritime injury lawyer can help with each of these types of claims. In these cases, often the pivotal issue is whether the vessel itself was seaworthy or whether the captain’s negligence was the cause of the injury.
Damages a Maritime Accident Lawyer May be Able to Recover
If you are injured while at sea and the ship you were on is shown to be unseaworthy, youare entitled to recover damages. Those damages may include compensation for the following:
- Medical costs past and future
- Loss wages and loss of earning capacity
- Physical pain
- Mental anguish
- Physical limitations
Statute of Limitations in Maritime Injury Claims
The Statute of limitations is a deadline by which your injury lawsuit/claim must be filed or you loose the right to bring it. Because offshore injuries may fall under different Federal and State laws, the statute of limitations may also vary. You should consult an offshore injury lawyer immediately to determine your rights and limitations.
For more information, please read: What Statute of Limitations Applies in Admiralty and Maritime Personal Injury Actions?
Types of Maritime Cases We Handle
Contact Simmons and Fletcher, P.C., if you have suffered serious injury related to the following:
- Oil Rig Accident
- Oil Tanker Ship Accident
- Drillship Accident
- Cruise Ship Accident
- Riverboat Accident
- Barge Accident
- Shrimp Boat Accident
- Tug Boat Accident
- Accidents on the Docks Along the Ship Channel
The Port of Houston and Galveston are home to a substantial amount of shipping. The Houston ship channel allows many companies to import and export oil, goods and other wares from loading docks. Additionally, Texas City has a substantial amount of shipping on oceanic vessels going in and out.
Simmons and Fletcher, P.C., practice maritime law for the Gulf Coast region. If you or a loved one has been seriously injured or suffered wrongful death on a drilling or jack-up rig, barge, tug boat, tanker, shrimp boat or cruise ship, your due justice may be served under the Jones Act. Section 27 of the Merchant Marine Act of 1920 is known as the Jones Act and it protects the rights of seaman and workers employed on navigable waters. The lawyers at Simmons and Fletcher, P.C., understand the hazards of offshore and maritime employment and will passionately pursue justice for you. Simmons and Fletcher, P.C., stands apart from most other law firms. At the heart of the practice at Simmons and Fletcher, P.C., is a commitment to legal advice, assistance and representation rooted in Christian values.
Our initial consultation is always free you pay no fee unless we win your case. Please visit our blog section Maritime Law for news and more information on offshore injury claims.