Maritime & Offshore Injury Lawyer

When you work offshore, on a river, lake, or in a port, you expect your employer and those around you to act as safe as possible. It’s important. In maritime work, one mistake can make the difference between life and serious injury or even death. When companies cut corners, injuries occur. “Safe enough” isn’t enough when it comes to you, your health, your ability to work, and the ability to provide for your family. If you’ve suffered a Jones Act or Maritime injury, contact The Buckley Law Group to discuss your rights under the law.

The Buckley Law Group represents people injured on all vessels and platforms, including:

  • Semi-submersible rig
  • Jack-up rig
  • Floating Platform
  • Tugboat
  • Push boat
  • River boat
  • Barge
  • Spud barge
  • Crane barge
  • Derrick barge
  • Lift barge
  • Lay barge
  • Pipe laying barge
  • Articulated tug barge
  • Integrated barge tug
  • Offshore supply vessel
  • Offshore supply boat
  • Offshore crew boat
  • Crew boat
  • Anchor handling tug
  • Anchor handling boat
  • Lift boat
  • Ship
  • Container ship
  • Tanker or Tank ship
  • Motor vessel
  • Steam vessel
  • Bulk carrier or Bulk ship
  • Liquified Natural Gas (LNG) carrier
  • Liquified Petroleum Gas (LPG) carrier
  • Vehicle carrier
  • Roll-On/Roll-Off (Ro/Ro) ship
  • Seismic vessel
  • Cable laying ship
  • Bunker barge
  • Mobile Offshore Drilling Unit (MODU)
  • Tension Leg Platform (TLP)
  • Spar
  • Production platform
  • Ferry
  • Dredge
  • Dredge tender
  • Tender vessel
  • Cruise ship
  • Recreational boat and pleasure craft

 

Generally, most commercial activities that occur on or immediately near water may qualify as maritime claims. Some of the most common maritime claims fall into the following categories.

JONES ACT CLAIMS

The Jones Act gives a right to a seaman to sue his employer for the employer’s negligence or the unseaworthiness of the boat, other vessel, and some offshore platforms. Often, Jones Act seamen are surprised to learn that their injury provides no right to workers’ compensation. While they may have heard of maintenance and cure, they are even further surprised to learn that maintenance generally only provides a fraction of the seaman’s former wages. This is why the seaman’s rights under the Jones Act are so important.

Pursuing a Jones Act claim grants the seaman rights to collect the following from his employer, including:

  • The seaman’s lost wages and loss of future earning capacity
  • The seaman’s medical expenses and cost of future medical treatment
  • The seaman’s pain and suffering

An experienced maritime attorney can help you sort through your potential Jones Act claim. Contact The Buckley Law Group today for a free consultation and discuss any rights you may have.

THIRD PARTY CLAIMS

Even if you do not qualify as a seaman under the Jones Act, you may have a right to pursue another company or individual for the injuries they caused you. As you know, many offshore operations require the work of more than one company. Not all of these companies may operate under the same safety standards that you expect. When another company or person causes your injury, you may have legal rights against them.

LONGSHOREMAN INJURIES

Dock work and the loading and unloading of cargo is a difficult job. When corners are cut and companies fail to act in a safe manner, serious injuries and even death can occur. Longshoremen have a right to recover federal workers’ compensation if they are injured on the job. The right is referred to as the Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act, or LHWCA. The LHWCA covers employees that are injured while engaged in maritime activity, such as the loading and unloading of vessel cargo.

LHWCA creates a bridge between the Jones Act, which protects injured seamen, and workers’ compensation insurance, which often does not extend to jobs on navigable water. Common causes of harbor workers and longshoremen injuries include:

  • Slip and fall accidents
  • Electrocutions
  • Scaffolding accidents
  • Drowning/near-drowning accidents
  • Equipment related accidents
  • Material handling accidents

If you have a potential claim, we urge you to act fast. Urgent deadlines apply to LHWCA claims. An experienced maritime attorney can help you to protect your rights against any upcoming deadlines.

MAINTENANCE AND CURE

An employer denying your right to maintenance and cure is a serious violation of the law. Maintenance and Cure is a traditional remedy provided to seamen when they are injured on the job, regardless of fault. Maintenance is generally defined as the daily cost to board the seaman. This is usually a very small amount when compared to the seaman’s former wages. Cure is the seaman’s right to his medical care up until the seaman reaches maximum medical cure. Maintenance and Cure alone is almost never sufficient to compensate the seaman for his injury. If your employer is denying your right to maintenance and cure, an experienced maritime attorney can help you recover any wrongfully denied benefits. Contact Houston-based maritime attorneys at The Buckley Law Group to discover all of your options, and for the legal representation you deserve.

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