Galveston Maritime Lawyers
Our Maritime Accident Attorneys Have Won Billions for Offshore Workers
The offshore industry is America's oldest industry. Maritime law was the law when we were just British colonies, and many of our founding fathers were maritime lawyers before the Revolution. Many of those basic precepts still form the foundation of maritime law today, particularly the rule of maintenance and cure. Maintenance and cure refer to the responsibility of a ship's owners or captain to fund an injured worker's living expenses and medical treatment if he or she was injured while working aboard.
Despite centuries of progressively better safety, offshore work is still some of the most dangerous work anyone can get into. America's industries depend on the risks that our offshore workers take: from shipping vessels to barges to offshore oil rigs, our workers are doing the high-stakes work that keeps our nation running. That's why our Galveston maritime attorneys fight to protect workers after they've been grievously injured offshore while doing their jobs—their companies owe workers a great debt, but none of them are willing to pay it unless someone makes them.
If you or your loved one was injured in an offshore accident, call (888) 493-1629 as soon as possible—we want to help you get what you need to pay for treatment and rebuild your life.
Common Galveston Offshore Injuries & Accidents
Ships and rigs are dangerous places to work. That's why vessel owners and supervisors are made responsible for the upkeep and safety of their vessels—by holding them legally liable, the hope is that they'll work harder to ensure the safety of their workers. When fines and citations aren't enough to deter unsafe environments, offshore accident survivors can file claims to further deter unsafe practices.
Without holding offshore companies accountable, workers will more often suffer injuries from:
- Diving accidents
- Crane failures
- Vessel collisions
- Slips and falls
- Dangerous equipment
- Explosions and fires
- Lift accidents
- Post-traumatic stress
In some instances, injuries are so serious that a person might never fully recover from them. Sometimes, this means that a person has a lifetime of medical care and pain ahead of them. Other accidents cause injuries that force seamen to lose their ability to work as they once did. When injuries have a lasting and negative impact on a person's life, they're referred to as catastrophic.
Serious maritime injuries include:
When an offshore worker sustains injuries such as the ones listed above, they need the help of our Galveston maritime catastrophic injury lawyers. We fight to make sure clients have the compensation required to live their life as comfortably as possible. This includes demanding compensation for lost income, the cost of current and future medical care, and any other damages a person needs to recover so their life can be as normal as possible after their accident.
Galveston Oil Rig Accidents
Oil rig workers are expected to work for 12 hours a day for 2 weeks at a time—it's a hard, grueling living. Many workers find it rewarding, however, so there's never a shortage of men and women willing to take a spot on a rotating crew. Unfortunately, there's always an open spot because drilling operations are seven times deadlier than the average workplace in the United States.
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Our Galveston oil rig accident attorneys have represented hundreds of oil rig workers who were injured on the job, getting them the millions they needed to rebuild their lives and start new careers (or replace their income if they were no longer able to work). We represented over one-third of the Deepwater Horizon crew after the deadly explosion that killed 11 people and injured 17.
Demanding Answers After Galveston Maritime Deaths
Sometimes, companies fail to prevent accidents that are deadly for their workers. When this happens, grieving families deserve answers and a way to move forward after losing so much. Our Galveston maritime death attorneys fight for the justice families deserve after the unthinkable.
Our Galveston maritime death law firm has help recover compensation such as:
- Funeral expenses
- Medical debt
- Lost income
- Loss of consortium
- Emotional suffering
Jones Act Lawyers Serving Galveston
In addition to the centuries-old principles of admiralty law that govern maritime accidents, the United States has passed four laws that are foundational to offshore workers' rights: the Jones Act, the Death on the High Seas Act, the Limitation of Liability Act, and the Longshoreman & Harbor Workers Compensation Act.
The most relevant to injured seamen is the Jones Act—a law that entitles workers who have been injured by negligence to recover for their lost wages, lost earning capacity, mental and physical suffering, living expenses during recovery, and medical care. It's similar to workers' compensation for mainland workers, but it includes a far broader amount of qualifying losses.
Click on any of the below laws to learn how they affect your case:
- Jones Act
- Death on the High Seas Act
- Limitation of Liability Act
- Longshoreman & Harbor Workers Compensation Act
Helping Harbor Workers & Longshoremen with Galveston LHWCA Claims
The Longshore & Harbor Workers' Compensation Act (LHWCA) is a law that helps injured workers get the compensation they need after sustaining injuries on the job. It covers workers who load, unload, craft, and repair vessels as well as those who work on navigable waters within the United States.
Our Galveston LHWCA attorneys help workers such as:
- Harbor workers
- Ship repairers
- Longshore workers
The LHWCA is important because it helps injured workers receive compensation for the full extent of their injuries that extends beyond what typical workers' compensation would provide. For example, the act can help injured harbor workers hold negligent companies accountable and recover things such as lost wages, medical bills, and any other damages caused by their accident.
Schedule a Free Review of Your Case with Galveston Maritime Attorneys
If you were hurt while working in the offshore industry—from working in harbor warehouses to the heart of the ocean—then you need someone to watch your back. Offshore companies are notorious for using underhanded tactics to keep their workers from seeking the amount they deserve for their pain. Our Galveston offshore law firm levels the playing field so you can focus on starting again.
Here's what will happen if you contact us: we'll schedule a time for you to meet with a lawyer for a free review of your options. If we can help you, we'll cover the cost of your claim from beginning to end—no upfront payment, no invoice or bill. Every penny—from our fee to the investigators we hire—will be advanced against your verdict or settlement. If you don't win, we absorb the loss so you won't owe a thing.
If you want to get started, call (888) 493-1629 or contact us online. Our Glaveston maritime injury lawyers can help you get back to normal.