$1.7 Million Verdict

$1.7 Million Verdict against a drilling rig and an oil company when a Jones Act seaman fell from an elevated platform of a semi-submersible drilling rig. (more…)

$5.98 Million Verdict

$5.98 million dollar verdict against Xcaret, an eco-archeological park in Cancun, Mexico on behalf of the family and estate of a passenger aboard a Carnival Cruise Line ship. (more…)

When Should I Consider a Claim for a Maritime Injury?

Passengers, visitors and invitees aboard vessels have a cause of action against a negligent vessel operator for their injuries under federal general maritime law. However, a seaman has no action against his employer under the general maritime law for the negligence of his employer. When a seaman is injured on a vessel owned by his…

Offshore Drilling Rig Injury Lawyers

If you are an oil and gas worker and have been injured on a jack-up rig or floating rig, or while being transported to the rig on a boat or helicopter, you may be covered by the Jones Act. The Jones Act provides special protection to workers on boats and other types of vessels including…

Maritime Accident Lawyers

Am I covered under the Jones Act? If you are working in service to a vessel in navigation, then yes. The vessel does not necessarily need to be moving, however. “In navigation” simply means the vessel must be in active operation. To qualify as a Jones Act seaman, an employee must have a substantial connection…

Cruise Ship Injury Lawyers

Prosecuting cruise ship injury claims is a complicated process. Sustaining an injury while on a cruise and filing a claim against that cruise company will require that you get an experienced maritime lawyer. Existing laws favor the cruise ship companies by, among other things, requiring claimants pass through hoops not found in other areas of…

Death on the High Seas Act

The Death on the High Seas Act (DOHSA) provides recovery for the death of any person "caused by wrongful act, neglect or default occurring on the high seas beyond a marine league (3 miles) from the shore of any state." A DOHSA claim can only be brought by the personal representative of the deceased on…

Maritime Injury Attorneys

The Jones Act Unlike Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act claims and state workers’ compensation claims, there is no administrative body that oversees a Jones Act claim. Claims covered by the Jones Act must be filed in state or federal court. Although some claims may be settled in pre-litigation negotiations, the only way to preserve…

Jones Act

The Merchant Marine Act of 1920, commonly referred to as the Jones Act, is a federal law that provides much-needed protection to seamen who risk life and limb facing the hazards of the seas and other navigable waters. It provides a remedy for maritime workers who suffer an injury while in service to a vessel…

Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act

The Longshore and Harbor Workers' Compensation Act, commonly referred to as the “longshore act” or LHWCA, provides occupational injury and disease benefits to maritime workers in certain cases where the Jones Act and state workers' compensation do not. Under this act, workers injured or who have contracted occupational diseases while employed in support of the…