Dallas Maritime Law Attorneys
At Arnold & Itkin, You’re Not Just a Case Number. You’re a Real Person Who Deserves Real Results.
As a maritime worker, you’re no stranger to hard work. You also understand just how dangerous this occupation can be. Maybe it came as no surprise to you when you were injured, but it might have been a shock to see how your company treated you after the fact. Getting the right medical care can be difficult. Getting money to cover your living expenses while you can’t work can be much harder than you’d expect. If you were injured or lost someone you love in a maritime accident of any kind, Arnold & Itkin is here to offer you support and guidance when you need it most.
Maritime law, including the Jones Act, Death on the High Seas Act, Longshoreman & Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act, give injured seamen and their families the opportunity to claim benefits to act as compensation for the harm they’ve suffered. Our Dallas maritime law attorneys understand exactly how these laws interact with one another and apply to different types of workers in specific scenarios. This knowledge allows us to effectively recover the full benefits to which you’re entitled.
To find out more about the ways we can help you, give our maritime lawyers a call at (888) 493-1629. We have offices in Dallas, Houston, and Baton Rouge to better serve you.
What Are My Rights Under Maritime Law?
Because they work in navigable waters, maritime workers are usually not covered by state workers’ compensation systems, which provide benefits for on-the-job injuries and illnesses for workers in virtually every other occupation. Seamen, longshoremen, deckhands, commercial fishermen, and others in the maritime industry are protected by maritime laws instead.
As a maritime worker, you have the right to benefits for any type of injury that occurs while you’re working at sea. This may include:
- Injuries caused by an unseaworthy vessel. Your employer has a duty to make sure the vessel you’re on is seaworthy, meaning it should be free from hazards that could put you in danger.
- Any on-the-job injury, regardless of fault. You’re entitled to maintenance and cure, which includes a daily living allowance and medical care while you’re injured. Maintenance and cure benefits are like workers’ comp benefits for inland workers.
- Injuries caused by your employer’s negligence. The Jones Act gives you the right to pursue compensation for lost earnings, medical care, emotional trauma, and other damages if your injury was caused by negligence or wrongdoing on the part of your employer.
- Death at sea. The Death on the High Seas Act gives families of seamen the right to pursue compensation if they lose a loved one while he or she is working at sea.
Your rights are important and should never be compromised. Call (888) 493-1629 to find out how our Dallas maritime lawyers can fight to protect you after an injury or loss of a loved one. For us, the fight is personal and results are everything, no matter how difficult the situation.