Corpus Christi Maritime Lawyer
31 January 2018No Comments
Maritime law is a very specific and detailed form of legal service. It’s far different than federal or even state law. When you get hurt within the boundaries of your state, Texas state law can allow you to seek compensation for your injuries. When you’re at sea, on the other hand, you must rely upon the Merchant Marine Act of 1920, also called the Jones Act.
This Act lays out specific grounds for which you can seek compensation for injuries suffered on a ship at sea, and it requires very specific and specialized legal knowledge to address. Discover the complete range of legal services offered by the Bandas Law Firm, P.C., your Corpus Christi maritime lawyer in South Texas.
Corpus Christi Maritime Lawyer
If you’ve been on a ship at sea as a maritime worker, and have been injured on the job, you want representation from a dedicated, knowledgeable and experienced Texas injury attorney like those at the Bandas Law Firm, P.C. For many years we’ve faced thousands of maritime injury cases, and we know the direction to take, to make sure you have the best shot at maximum compensation at all stages of your claim.
The Federal Jones Act
The Federal Merchant Marine Act of 1920, or the Jones Act, allows for American merchant workers who have been hurt on the job to file a lawsuit against their employer to recover financial damages if it can be shown that the employer contributed to the injury.
This law applies to any worker who spends a significant portion of their job working on a maritime vessel which is in navigation—that is, operating and afloat on navigable waterways and capable of moving. A “significant amount of time” is defined in the act as a minimum of 30% of their clocked work time.
Other Maritime Laws
There are also other Federal laws in place that deal with protecting workers during offshore operations. OSCLA, or the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act, and DOHSA, the Death on the High Seas Act, are other such laws which provide workers’ compensation benefits, and potential wrongful death benefits to workers who are thus injured or to their families, if they die on the job. Finally, LHWCA or the Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act allows for rehabilitation and medical benefits for those workers who work on loading or unloading cargo, or in the business of shipbuilding.
Seeking Help from an Attorney
Because these laws are very strict and specific, and because they aren’t governed by state statutes, pursuing benefits and protections can be a very tricky thing. Making a single mistake can cost you thousands or even millions in compensation. In order to get the proper protections under maritime law, you need help from an experienced and qualified attorney who knows how to pursue these cases.
In the Corpus Christi area, that’s the Bandas Law Firm. We’ve got many years of experience dealing with maritime cases, and have helped many people just like you. If you’ve suffered an accident while working on board a ship, through no fault of your own, you may be entitled to compensation. Contact us today for a free evaluation of your case.