Brownsville Maritime Lawyers
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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:
- Jones Act
- Death on the High Seas Act
- Limitation of Liability Act
- Longshoreman & Harbor Workers Compensation Act
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 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:
- 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:
- Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs)
- Spinal cord injuries, including those that cause paralysis
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 perpared for the future and can live as comfortably as possible after suffering so much.
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. Cruise ship accidents happen when operators allow negligence to be a factor on their vessels. 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.
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.
Brownsville LHWCA Attorneys Fighting for Harbor Workers, Longshoremen, & Other Maritime Workers
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
- And more
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 simple decide not do it. Instead of helping suffering workers, they try to flip the blame, offer 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.