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Galveston Jones Act Attorneys

Representing Injured Workers Nationwide

Working as a Galveston seaman in the maritime industry can be risky, especially with heavy equipment and unsafe conditions on many vessels. When an injury occurs at sea, it can be extremely difficult to get proper medical care while you are thousands of miles offshore. That’s why maritime injuries tend to be more dangerous than injuries that occur on land, according to a CDC study.

Because maritime injuries have higher stakes, employers are required to provide their workers with a safe work environment. When employer negligence causes serious injury to a worker, they can file a claim for recovery under the Jones Act—a law that protects the rights of seamen to recover their lost wages, lost future earning capacity, living expenses, and more.

If you have sustained serious injuries offshore, it is vital to contact a Galveston Jones Act attorney as soon as possible. Arnold & Itkin attorneys refuse to stand by and let companies refuse their duty to their employees.

What Is the Jones Act?

The Jones Act provides protection under admiralty law that offers support for any U.S. citizen working as a seaman who suffers injuries due to employer negligence. The Jones Act refers to The Merchant Marine Act of 1920, which is a federal statute enacted to encourage workers to take offshore jobs and stoke the industry’s growth. Since maritime work is dangerous by nature, the Jones Act is vital for creating relief for injured workers and ensuring they get fair compensation for their injuries.

Although the Jones Act is similar to workers’ compensation, a Jones Act settlement is usually larger than a workers’ comp settlement because offshore workers can claim more avenues for recovery, whereas worker’s compensation generally covers only basic medical care. Importantly, workers’ comp does not require a beneficiary to prove negligence, but the Jones Act does.

Jones Act claims can claim the following:

  • Cost of living while recovering
  • Loss of future earning capacity
  • Lost wages from recovery time
  • Medical care
  • Mental anguish
  • Physical pain, suffering, and disfigurement

Our Galveston Jones Act wrongful death attorneys are also ready to help grieving families secure justice. If your loved one has been killed while working offshore, we can fight to help you get the compensation you need for losses such as funeral expenses, lost wages, and loss of companionship.

Maritime Worker’s Rights with the Jones Act

The Jones Act allows maritime workers to seek compensation for an injury that occurs aboard a vessel and as a result of negligence of the vessel owner, operator, or other employee. Families also have the right to bring a seaman’s wrongful death action under the Jones Act if their loved one died as a result of a work-related injury or illness. Learn more about your rights by contacting Arnold & Itkin today.

Your rights as a seaman under the Jones Act include:

  • The right to a reasonably safe work environment.
  • The right to make a claim if injured by negligence.
  • The right to maintenance and cure related to the injury or illness.
  • The right to additional compensation if the vessel or crew is deemed unseaworthy.
  • The right to punitive damages if an employer wrongfully refused to pay maintenance and cure.

Claims of Unseaworthiness Under the Jones Act

The Jones Act protects offshore workers from the types of negligence that can cause fatal accidents. Unseaworthiness is a common claim filed by maritime workers if a vessel is not deemed reasonably safe for the type of work required.

There are many factors that contribute to a ship’s seaworthy condition, including:

  • Improperly stowed cargo
  • Too few crew members or workers
  • Lack of appropriate safety guards or rails
  • Lack of fire extinguishers
  • Lack of proper elevators
  • Lack of sufficient food or supplies
  • Untrained crew or captain
  • Hazardous living or working conditions

If you believe an unseaworthy ship was the cause of your offshore accident, it is advised to contact an attorney to know how to proceed. These cases require specific investigations to prove your case. Arnold & Itkin attorneys can help alleviate your suffering by pursuing the maximum amount of compensation possible.

Galveston Offshore Explosion Lawyers

Sometimes, offshore workers face some of the largest and most destructive work accidents possible: explosions. Oil rigs and other vessel deal with volatile substances that, if handled improperly, can cause catastrophic explosions. Our Galveston oil rig explosion lawyers have been there to help injured workers recover, and we're ready to help you do the same. In fact, we're the firm that many of the crew members of the Deepwater Horizon turned to after the rig was part of one of the worst maritime disasters in United States history.

We refuse to let companies treat our clients wrong and never back down from a fight. Our team investigates complex offshore explosions and we refuse to settle until we're convinced that the other side is taking responsibility for the suffering it could have prevented.

Billions Won by Galveston Jones Act Lawyers

Lawyers at Arnold & Itkin are experienced Galveston Jones Act attorneys that can help you get the compensation you deserve for your losses. Our attorneys have experience filing claims against the largest companies in the nation, securing billions of dollars in verdicts and settlements in the process. We know the best way to do it because we have vast experience in the maritime industry. If you have recently been injured while offshore, it is vital to have a Jones Act attorney investigate your case.

Our team has secured billion of injured clients nationwide, and we are among the leading Jones Act lawyers in Galveston and beyond. Contact our Galveston Jones Act attorney today: (888) 493-1629.

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  • $205 Million Confidential Settlement Obtained for Numerous Clients Arnold & Itkin reached a record $205,000,000 settlement on behalf of clients after several years of hard-fought litigation. The case settled just before trial was set to begin.
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  • $110 Million Record Settlement Achieved for Victims of Defective Products Arnold & Itkin obtained a record settlement for individuals harmed by defective, dangerous products. The result exemplifies our commitment to clients and justice for those seriously injured by the conduct of others.
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  • $97 Million Massive Settlement Secured for Refinery Workers Arnold & Itkin is proud to share that after months of preparation for trial, our firm was able to secure a huge settlement for clients who were injured in a refinery fire. Find out more now.
  • $92.7 Million Record Settlement for Burn Injury Victim Arnold & Itkin LLP secured a substantial settlement for a man who suffered severe burns in an accident at his job. The settlement set a new record statewide for workers with similar injuries.
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