South Texas Jones Act Attorneys
Filing Jones Act Claims in South Texas & Nationwide
Working as a seaman in South Texas is one of the most dangerous jobs in the country. Maritime industries are where workers often suffer injuries from heavy loads, large equipment, and hazardous vessel conditions. One of the largest risks a maritime worker faces is that they are hundreds of miles offshore when they get hurt. Many of them don’t get the medical attention they need right away.
That’s why The Merchant Marine Act was created on 1920—also known as the Jones Act. The Jones Act is a specific protection under admiralty law that protects any U.S. seaman who suffers injuries or illnesses due to unseaworthiness or negligence. Among all maritime law statutes, the Jones Act is one of the most important protections afforded to offshore workers.
If you have suffered injuries due to negligence while working offshore, there are laws that protect you. We refuse to stand by and let companies neglect their duties to their employees.
What Is the Jones Act?
Although the Jones Act statute governs maritime commerce transported between U.S. ports, it also includes general regulations for maritime employers and vessel operators. Since the nature of maritime work is unique and often involves far more danger than any other type of job, the Jones Act provides specific protections to offshore workers, ensuring they are compensated for any injuries.
Although the Jones Act sounds similar to workers’ compensation, the Jones Act offers more protection with usually far larger award amounts to injured workers or their families. If a maritime worker has experienced a wrongful death while at sea, the family has the right to receive compensation under the Jones Act. In comparison, claims under general workers’ compensation usually only cover basic medical care.
Jones Act claims are entitled to a wide variety of recovery types, including:
- Cost of living during recovery
- Loss of future earning capacity
- Lost wages
- Medical care
- Mental anguish
- Physical pain, suffering, and disfigurement
What Are My Rights Under the Jones Act?
It is the vessel owner or operator’s job to ensure the vessel is seaworthy and safe for employees. The Jones Act allows seamen to seek compensation after suffering an injury aboard a vessel due to the vessel owner, operator, or another employee’s negligence.
A seaman’s rights under the Jones Act include:
- The right to reasonably safe work environment.
- The right to make a claim if injured because of negligence.
- The right to maintenance and cure compensation related to the injury or illness.
- The right to additional compensation if the vessel is deemed unseaworthy.
- The right to additional punitive damages if an employer wrongfully refused payment of maintenance and cure.
If you have suffered injuries while working offshore due to someone else’s negligence, it is vital to contact a South Texas Jones Act Attorney as quickly as possible. Contact Arnold & Itkin today at (888) 493-1629 for a free case review.
Unseaworthiness Claims Under the Jones Act
An injured seaman can file various clauses that protects them from different types of negligence that can lead to a serious accident. In some cases, workers file a claim of unseaworthiness because the ship owner failed to fulfill their legal obligation to provide a seaworthy vessel.
An offshore vessel can be considered unseaworthy due to the following:
- An inadequate number of crew members or workers
- Improperly stowed cargo
- Lack of appropriate safety guards or rails
- Lack of fire extinguishers and mandatory fire suppression equipment
- Lack of proper elevators or hoists
- Lack of sufficient food or unsafe living conditions
- Untrained crew or captain
Why Should I Hire a South Texas Jones Act Lawyer?
Time and time again, Arnold & Itkin attorneys have represented maritime workers who were let down by their offshore companies. This often occurs because an offshore company’s first priority is to limit their liability in an accident. This is why it is vital to contact an experienced South Texas Jones Act lawyer to defend your rights. Arnold & Itkin lawyers have established themselves as the leaders in maritime law and have demonstrated the ability to protect the rights of injured workers.
We have record-setting verdicts and settlements and have won billions of dollars on behalf of our clients. If you have recently been injured while working offshore, our South Texas Jones Act attorneys can help you receive the best possible outcome for your case.
Call (888) 493-1629 today to speak to our team. We’re happy to help answer your questions.