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Seaworthiness Claims

Unseaworthiness and Jones Act Protections for Injured Seamen


According to federal law, vessel owners must reasonably ensure the seaworthiness of their ships, boats, tugs, dredges, barges or any other vessels. This means owners must take reasonable steps to avoid or address dangerous working conditions arising out of vessel and equipment maintenance and repair.

A claim of unseaworthiness under the Jones Act enables an injured seaman to seek compensation directly from the owner of a ship or other vessel, whether or not the owner had any prior knowledge of the dangerous conditions.

If you were injured or a family member was killed in a maritime accident that occurred on a vessel that was unseaworthy, please contact the Houston, Texas, attorneys of Stevenson & Murray for a free consultation. All client consultations are strictly confidential. The firm serves clients injured on vessels operating in the Gulf of Mexico and on seas and oceans worldwide.

What Constitutes an Unseaworthy Vessel?

Undermanning of vessels, equipment failure, missing safety equipment, lack of an appropriate number of life vests or rafts; any of these may constitute a failure of seaworthiness. Even a temporary condition like broken rigging, a malfunctioning crane or winch, or an onboard oil spill resulting in slippery decks can give rise to a seaworthiness claim.

Seaworthiness failure claims often involve complex issues of liability and fine legal distinctions that may be beyond the experience of any but the most accomplished maritime and admiralty attorneys. Seaworthiness claims may require standing up for the rights of an injured crewman against the interests of a major multinational corporation.

Contact an Experienced Lawyer

The Texas law firm of Stevenson & Murray welcomes the opportunity to stand up for you and fight for your recovery after a seaworthiness failure resulted in serious injury or wrongful death on an unsafe vessel. We invite you to contact our Houston offices 713.597.3836 to discuss your case in a free, confidential consultation. You may also contact us by email for straightforward answers or to request a case evaluation.

For Accident Victims

Stevenson & Murray is industry renowned for remarkable successes and deep expertise handling complex and sophisticated accident and personal injury cases. From the moment we open a claim through trial and to the last appeal, we are passionately committed to making a life-changing difference for each and every client we represent.

The lawyers of Stevenson & Murray are seasoned litigators and advocates for personal injury victims. We consider all personal injury cases but specialize in cases involving wrongful death, maritime and admiralty law, trucking accidents, large commercial fires, talc claims, and commercial and industrial accidents.

Have you been hurt in an accident? Contact our offices in Houston today to discuss your rights and legal options in a free consultation with a leading personal injury and wrongful death trial attorney.

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For Lawyers

It is an honor and a privilege to work side by side with some of the best in our industry. Stevenson & Murray welcomes the opportunity to work with other law firms. We have a long and proud tradition of partnering with co-counsel to strengthen a client’s case. Decades of experience in our practice specialties and an exceptional record of achievement both in and out of the courtroom position us well to support the case needs of associating firms.

Our reputation as a leading personal injury firm and our uncommon litigation skill provide key advantages to our partners and their clients. Whether you are looking to add depth or breadth of experience to a case, expand jurisdiction or geographical coverage, provide additional resources to investigate or try a case, or leverage our relationships with top experts in numerous industries where we excel, we help co-counsel secure top verdicts and settlements.

Stevenson & Murray is a leading choice for clients and lawyers alike. Our referral business is a source of great pride for our entire team, and we constantly strive to earn and maintain the highest level of respect from our colleagues.


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