Houston Shrimp Boat Accident Lawyers
Shrimp Boat Accidents
Shrimping is a demanding job and along with the hard work comes a degree of risk. If you or a loved one has been seriously injured, maimed, or killed while working on a shrimp boat, it is important for your family to receive counsel from a Texas maritime lawyer. Simmons and Fletcher, P.C., are committed to achieving justice for those involved in sea injury cases.
We understand the dangers and consequences involved aboard shrimp boats: limbs can become tangle and amputated in nets, crewmen can fall overboard, or sometimes owners are more focused on profit than the safety of the crew. Negligence can be proven if weather advisories are ignored and the shrimping crew is put in danger. The boat owner and its captain have an obligation to the crew to make safe decisions about when to sail and when not to. If your captain put profits over safety or failed to train a new hand resulting in your injury, give us a call.
The Jones Act Covers Shrimpers
Under the Merchant Marine Act of 1920 also known as the Jones Act, you are entitled to receive what is known as maintenance and cure benefits. That is your employer must pay for the cost to maintain housing and for your medical care when you are injured while aboard a vessel until you are fit for duty or you have reached maximum medical improvement. This law covers all vessels including shrimp boats.
Furthermore, if your employer was negligent, you are also entitled to compensation for pain and suffering and other economic and non-economic losses suffered due to your injury.
The law firm of Simmons and Fletcher, P.C., is dedicated to providing sound legal advice and vigorous representation based on ethical Christian values. Don’t let the company that put you at risk get away without paying for your medical expenses, lost income and pain and suffering. You and your family deserve an attorney who will fight for your rights under the law. Call Simmons and Fletcher, P.C. today at (713) 932-0777.