Were you hurt aboard a rig, barge, tugboat, tanker ship or any other vesse? You might have rights as a seaman under the Jones Act. The Jones Act is a federal maritime law that grants specific rights to injured seamen. It also covers crewmen and other maritime workers, including the following rights to:
If an employer’s negligence aboard a vessel in navigable waters leads to the injury or death of crewmen, The Jones Act covers those crewmembers. This is true even if the vessel is at sea or in rivers, lakes, bays, bayous, sounds, or any other waterway. Unfortunately, The Jones Act does not cover all accidents aboard floating vessels. To find out if you have a case, please contact the knowledgeable attorneys at the Houston law firm of Stevenson & Murray. Your consultation and case evaluation will be free and completely confidential.
Stevenson & Murray also handles claims against third parties other than the employer for those who may be covered under the Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act (LHWCA). While many employees injured aboard a vessel—the captain, first mate, deckhands, engineers, wipers, and even cooks and housekeepers—may have a claim under the Jones Act, others may need experienced legal help to find other sources of compensation and benefits, such as LHWCA claims for qualified maritime workers or state workers’ compensation benefits.
To learn more about the Jones Act and other maritime and admiralty laws that may offer real hope for recovery in your maritime accident and injury case, call our home offices in Houston (713) 622-3223 to schedule a free, confidential consultation with an experienced trial attorney at the Texas law firm of Stevenson & Murray.