Jones Act Attorney in Harris County
Maritime workers are exposed to some of the most difficult workplace conditions in the country. Whether you work on a fishing boat, oil rig or ocean liner, you may have more recovery options available than you realize. While most workers are limited to workers’ compensation, many maritime workers are not limited to workers’ comp. Make sure you have an experienced lawyer to help you explore your full range of recovery options.
Law firm of Stephen Boutros, LTD., Houston maritime injuries attorney is dedicated to protecting the rights of all Texas workers. I have been protecting the rights of workers on the Gulf of Mexico since my firm opened our doors in 1997 and we understand the full rights of maritime workers under the Jones Act.
There are dangers on the sea that no other workers will ever totally understand. If you have been injured in a gulf accident, you understand the full scope of dangers on the sea and the numerous complications that can arise. Contact my Houston law office at (713) 425-4300 and I can help you through the recovery process.
Attorneys Who Understand the Jones Act
In general, workers are not allowed to file personal injury claims against their employer for an accident caused by their employer or a co-worker and so their recovery is limited to workers’ compensation. However, maritime workers are protected under the Jones Act, which gives them unique recovery options including the right to maintenance and cure.
Under the Jones Act, maritime workers have the right to a trial by jury for injuries sustained in accidents involving the negligence of ship owners, ship captains and co-workers. In order to qualify for protection under the Jones Act, a worker must spend at least 30 percent of his or her employment in the furtherance of a vessel in navigation. Aside from ships and boats, these vessels can include oil rigs, crew boats, cruise ships, fishing and for-hire boats and water-based casinos.
You Do Not Pay Attorney Fees Unless I Recover Compensation for You
There is a wide range of accidents that can occur at sea. In addition to common workplace and construction site accidents, there are a number of accidents specific to boats. For example, a ship’s owner can be held responsible for a boat’s unseaworthiness. My firm handles a wide range of Gulf of Mexico accidents, including:
- Boat accidents
- Oil rig accidents
- Product liability
- Fishing accidents
If you or someone you love has suffered a work injury while at sea or on a vessel, make sure you explore your full range of recovery options. With a 24-hour answering service and a flexible appointment schedule, I am prepared to answer your questions and protect your rights. Contact me today for a free, no-hassle consultation.