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Maritime law has evolved and changed for hundreds of years. Initially, offshore work was viewed as something that was inherently different. Yet, as time passed, one thing became clear: offshore workers deserved the same protections that their onshore counterparts enjoyed. Today, American maritime workers are protected by multiple laws. While nothing can force companies to be responsible before an accident, our Brownsville maritime lawyers are always ready to hold them accountable after one.

The following acts are foundational to maritime law:

Knowing which of these laws is applicable to your injuries and accident might be confusing. Luckily, getting help is free and fast when you call Arnold & Itkin LLP. Our team offers confidential consultations at no charge so you can discover what options are available for your recovery.

Call our team of Brownsville offshore accident lawyers at (888) 493-1629 to discover if our team can help you. We’re standing by to take your call right now.

Maritime Law & How It Applies Today

Maritime law—also known as admiralty law—is one of the oldest codes of conduct in existence. Rules regarding the shipping industry can be traced back to the ancient Greeks in 900 B.C. For centuries, it has governed vessels and incidents at sea. While many countries have their own set maritime law, many of them recognize the same laws thanks to treaties. Today, the United States has its own set of maritime laws that descended from the British admiralty courts.

Many offshore workers rely on a law called the Jones Act after they’ve suffered from a preventable accident. In the past, vessel owners only had to pay for the cost of a worker’s medical care and living expenses until they reached maximum recovery with their injuries. This is known as maintenance and cure. While helpful, this process failed to account for the long-term costs of injuries sustained by offshore workers. Today, the Jones Act enables seamen to seek damages that extend far beyond the capabilities of maintenance and cure.

What Causes Offshore Accidents?

At Arnold & Itkin LLP, we’ve learned one important fact over the years: offshore accidents are almost always caused by the negligence of one or more parties. Sometimes, a reckless employer fails to provide a safe environment for workers. Other times, a company manufacturers unsafe parts that eventually cause an accident. Other times, it’s a combination of negligence by multiple parties that causes an accident.

Common types of offshore accidents include the following:

  • Diving accidents
  • Dangerous equipment
  • Crane failures
  • Explosions and fires
  • Vessel collisions
  • Lifting accidents

When the Deepwater Horizon exploded, the companies responsible for the incident refused to admit that they neglected safety. After the El Faro disappeared after sailing into a hurricane, killing every crew member on board, the company responsible for the tragedy tried to avoid responsibility. Our Brownsville offshore injury lawyers were there both times to make sure these companies provided answers to those their negligence harmed.

What Our Brownsville Offshore Injury Lawyers Can Do

Offshore workers face many dangers while they do their job. First, there’s the natural danger of the sea. Rough water, slippery conditions, and other aspects of working over water makes offshore workers at constant risk of injury. Then, unsafe equipment, poorly maintained vessels, and a lack of safety standards can make an already dangerous job even more risky for offshore workers.

Common offshore injuries include the following:

While these injuries are different, many of them mean workers face difficulties from medical bills, lost wages, and the inability to earn wages as they once did. Companies are responsible for training workers, maintaining vessels and equipment, and taking any other step necessary to protect workers from preventable accidents. When they fail to do this, workers can seek compensation from them.

How the Jones Act Helps Brownsville Offshore Workers

The Jones Act was passed in 1920 to help provide similar protections to offshore workers that those who worked on land already enjoyed. Thanks to the Jones Act, employers and other negligent parties can be held liable for the damages caused by preventable accidents.

Damages that can be recovered by the Jones Act include:

  • Lost wages
  • Medical bills
  • Pain and suffering
  • The cost of future care
  • Funeral expenses
  • Loss of consortium

Helping Families After Offshore Helicopter Crashes

Sometimes, offshore accidents involve an unexpected factor: helicopters. Helicopters help quickly transport workers to and from their offshore platforms. While convenient, the journey to and from work on a helicopter can be one of the most dangerous parts of the job.

One report found that there were 28 fatal accidents and 147 deaths between 2013 and 2018 in the offshore industry. Frustratingly, the report also found that that most of these accidents were completely preventable—a majority of them were caused by "controlled flight into terrain or water."

If your family is grieving because of a preventable accident, our Brownsville offshore helicopter crash lawyers are ready to fight for the answers you deserve. While we can't change what happened, we're ready to fight to hold those who could've prevented your suffering accountable.

Helping After Brownsville Cruise Ship Accidents

When people go on vacation, they shouldn't have to worry about their life changing because of the actions of negligent cruise ship operators. All cruise companies must train workers, provide the right safety equipment, and ensure that all guests are safe while on their vessels. Yet, in some instances, accidents happen before the fun even starts. Gangway accidents and other boarding incidents are just two ways guests are harmed by negligence. Our Brownsville cruise ship accident lawyers are ready to help clients recover no matter what type of incident caused their suffering.

What Our Brownsville Maritime Attorneys Do

A maritime attorney works to help injured seaman and dock workers obtain the compensation they deserve after a preventable accident. They help clients cover the costs of medical bills, lost wages, lost ability to work, and much more. Maritime lawyers often help those injured on navigable waters, harbors, and docks.

Our Brownsville maritime lawyers have represented clients who were injured in:

  • Jack-up rig accidents
  • Barge accidents
  • Deck accidents
  • Commercial fishing accidents
  • Tugboat accidents
  • Cargo ship accidents
  • Oil platform accidents
  • Shipyard accidents

At Arnold & Itkin LLP, our reputation for earning results for offshore workers is well-earned. Our team represented over a third of the Deepwater Horizon crew and more family members of victims of the El Faro disaster than any other firm. When large companies cause accidents that kill or injure offshore workers, we’re there to make sure they don’t get away with changing lives forever.

Our maritime lawyers fight for the recovery of losses caused by:

  • Hospitalization
  • Long-term rehabilitation
  • In-home care
  • Lost wages and earning capacity
  • Emotional and financial counseling
  • Vocational rehabilitation
  • Funeral expenses
  • Loss of consortium

When Brownsville workers sustain catastrophic maritime injuries, they need help from our team. Injuries are considered catastrophic when they trigger a permanent change in a person's life. They often mean a lifetime of medical care, lifestyle adjustment, and—in the worst instances—pain.

Our Brownsville catastrophic maritime injury law firm can help after injuries such as amputations, burns, traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, and many others. Our Brownsville serious injury lawyers fight for the compensation people need to recover from their accident as well as what's needed for them to live with their injuries for the rest of their life. This way, we make sure our clients are truly prepared for the future and can live as comfortably as possible after suffering so much.

Maritime Law FAQ

What Is Maritime Law?

Before modern American laws such as the Jones Act and Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act, maritime law was the set of rules used to protect offshore workers. It is based on hundreds of years of law and provides basic protections and compensation to workers after an injury. Today, it serves as the foundation of most laws and legal proceedings involving offshore accidents.

Is Maintenance & Cure the Same as the Jones Act?

No. While maintenance and cure does provide a worker with some compensation for their injuries, it only provides a limited amount. Maintenance and cure only provides a worker with compensation for medical care and living expenses until they reach their maximum recovery. The Jones Act takes this idea further by making sure workers can seek compensation for the full extent of their injuries, included lost wages and the cost of future care. While maintenance and cure does not require fault, the Jones Act requires that workers prove that the negligence of a vessel owner caused their injuries.

Do I Need Help from a Maritime Attorney After an Accident?

Hiring a maritime lawyer after an offshore accident will help you seek the compensation that you need instead of the compensation that you’re offered. At Arnold & Itkin LLP, our lawyers have extensive experience with maritime law and are ready to investigate your accident and hold the parties responsible for it accountable. Importantly, never accept a settlement offer from a company after an accident before speaking with an attorney. Initial offers are often low and designed to absolve a company of liability for as little as possible.

WHAT ARE JONES ACT VESSELS?

Workers protected by the Jones Act must be employed on a vessel that’s operating in navigable waters. However, workers injured on piers, wharfs, dry docks, or terminals might qualify for compensation under the Jones Act.

Common Jones Act vessels include:

  • Oil rigs
  • Shipping vessels
  • Barges
  • Dredges
  • Tugboats
  • Fishing boats

WHAT ACCIDENTS DOES OUR BROWNSVILLE OFFSHORE INJURY FIRM Handle?

Because offshore work is in a dangerous setting, there are many types of accidents that injure workers. The most important aspect of any type of accident is liability. For a worker to obtain the compensation that they need for recovery, they’ll need to prove that the negligence of another party caused their suffering.

Common types of offshore accidents include the following:

  • Diving accidents
  • Equipment accidents
  • Barge and dredge explosions
  • Fires
  • Slip and falls
  • Basket transfer accidents
  • Vessel collisions
  • Falls overboard

SHOULD I ACCEPT MY COMPANY’S SETTLEMENT OFFER?

Always speak with a Brownsville offshore accident lawyer before accepting a settlement. An initial settlement is not a sign that a company is trying to do the right thing. Rather, it’s a signal that they’re aware they made a mistake. Once a worker accepts a settlement from a company, it will no longer be liable for further damages. Speaking with our team is free of charge and will help you decide if the other side is being fair and if accepting their settlement offer is the best option for your recovery.

Brownsville LHWCA Attorneys Fighting for Harbor Workers & Longshoremen

Just as the Jones Act protects offshore workers from accidents, the Longshore and Harbor Workers' Compensation Act (LHWCA) protects workers who don't venture over water for their job. Importantly, the LHWCA helps workers recover losses associated with their accident that extend beyond typical workers' compensation.

The LHWCA can help recover losses associated with:

  • Medical bills
  • Lost wages
  • Pain and suffering
  • Future medical care

If you're suffering from a preventable Brownsville harbor work accident, our team is ready to help you find the answers that you need to move forward.

Our Brownsville Maritime Lawyers Can Help You. Call (888) 493-1629!

At Arnold & Itkin LLP, our team has seen how offshore companies and other parties can choose to do the right thing after their negligence causes an accident. Yet, most of the time, they simply decide not to. Instead of helping suffering workers, they try to flip the blame, offer a low settlement, or leave them with nothing but pain and a long lists of debts. We refuse to let them get away with this. When the other party sees that you have our help, they’ll know that they’re in for a fight.

Our lawyers never settle for less than what is fair and will take a case to trial if it means getting our client the compensation they need. We believe that what we do has a purpose. Getting a client compensation isn’t just means righting wrongs done by powerful companies who could’ve done the right thing but decided not to. It means standing up for what is right and helping people face giants. We never back down from a fight because we're proud to be the difference makers

Call our Brownsville maritime lawyers today at (888) 493-1629 to learn more about what we do. A consultation with our team is free and we only charge a fee if we win your case.

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