Texas Maritime Law Attorneys
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When citizens and workers in Texas are hurt within state boundaries, they can count on Texas state law to provide remedies for compensation. What happens, however, to workers who are out at sea? In these cases, maritime workers—such as sailors and offshore workers—are protected by a federal law known as the Merchant Marine Act of 1920, or the "Jones Act."
If you are a maritime worker that has suffered an injury while on the job, a knowledgeable and dedicated Texas injury lawyer at McLaurin Law is ready to hear from you. Our firm is well-versed in the federal laws that govern injured maritime workers. We're prepared to aggressively navigate these cases toward maximum compensation throughout every stage of our client's claim.
Are you ready to learn more about your options under the Jones Act and other maritime laws? Contact our firm at (713) 535-9882 today.
What Is the Jones Act?
The Jones Act allows American seamen who have been hurt on the job to sue their employer for financial damages (if the employer did indeed contribute to the injury). "Seamen" applies to any worker who spends much of their job working on a vessel that is considered in navigation.
To be "in navigation," a vessel must be:
- On navigable waters
- In operation and afloat
- Capable of moving
The Jones Act requires that a worker spend at least 30% of their time on the clock on the vessel to be considered a seaman. If you believe you have a viable claim under the Jones Act, contact us at McLaurin Law today.
Other Maritime Worker Laws
The Jones Act is not the only federal law in place that provides certain worker protections in instances that occur off the mainland. The Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act (OCSLA), for example, provides workers' compensation benefits to some offshore workers and the Death on the High Seas Act (DOHSA) can allow bereaved families of these workers to seek compensation in the wake of a tragedy, as well. The Longshore and Harbor Workers' Compensation Act (LHWCA) also provides medical and rehabilitation benefits for workers engaged in the loading/unloading or building of ships.
If you believe your injury is covered under one of these federal laws, our injury advocates are ready to speak with you. Contact our firm today to request a free consultation.