Houston Jones Act Claim Attorney
If an offshore maritime accident injured or killed you or a family member in Texas, it is imperative to contact an experienced Jones Act attorney. Seamen qualify for damages separate from workers’ compensation benefits for any injuries or illnesses suffered from work at sea. These benefits involve greater compensation and benefits than land-based workers’ compensation.
AK Law Firm’s Jones Act attorneys in Houston are aggressive in procuring these benefits for seaman. They are also:
- Skilled in maritime laws and regulations
- Compassionate and understanding towards victims of maritime injuries
- Driven to hold negligent parties responsible for seaman injuries and deaths
To learn more about your legal rights under the Jones Act, call AK Law Firm today. One of our personal injury attorneys will meet with you confidentially, and at no cost, to plan a personalized legal strategy to meet your legal needs and advance your physical recovery.
What a Jones Act Attorney Can Do For You
A Jones Act lawyer at AK Law Firm will meet with you and honestly evaluate your maritime claim. This is a highly-specialized area of the law that requires a complicated legal process.
If your claim qualifies, our attorneys will do the following on your behalf:
- File your complaint in the federal court, and serve your employer
- Represent you at any hearings
- Use the discovery process to obtain documents, interrogatories, and depositions
- Review and analyze any potential evidence
- Procure expert witnesses
- Attending the pretrial conference
- Set a trial date
- Represent your interests in any settlement negotiations
- If needed, go to trial
The Jones Act attorneys at AK Law Firm will not back down from a large corporation or their attorneys. Our focus is on making sure any compensation you receive is a just and fair amount that will cover your injuries and losses.
What is the Jones Act?
The Jones Act is federal legislation that gives seamen a right to sue their employers for injuries sustained in the course of their employment. While many land-based workers rely on workers’ compensation for on-the-job injuries, the Jones Act protects maritime workers.
Seamen may recover for:
- Wages and tips
- Medical care
- Food and shelter
- Contract benefits
Seamen may also get compensation for injuries or illness incurred while in the service of a vessel due to the fault of their employer. This compensation includes money for injuries, lost wages, and loss of earning capacity.
To qualify for compensation under the Jones Act, one must meet the definition of a “seaman.” A seaman is classified in the following ways:
- A worker who aids in the navigation of the vessel or contributes to the mission of the vessel.
- The worker must spend a significant amount of time working on a vessel, rather than on land.
- A worker performing traditional seaman’s work may qualify for purposes of the law.
Jones Act Injuries
The seas are inherently dangerous workplaces causing numerous accidents, injuries, and death. While some accidents are unavoidable, others occur when workers and supervisors neglect safety procedures and protocols.
Common maritime injuries eligible for recovery under the Jones Act include:
- Head injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Neck, back, and spinal cord injuries
- Loss of a limb or crushed limbs
- Scarring and disfigurement injuries
- Burns and lacerations
- Bone fractures
- Muscle and joint injuries
There is generally a three-year statute of limitations for filing Jones Act claims. This time period starts three years from the date of the injury. After three years, the right to obtain compensation for maritime injuries expires.
Recovery for damages and losses depends on the severity of your injuries. It is vital to seek legal help right away because evidence and documentation are easier for your attorney to gather when your claim is fresh. Contacting AK Law Firm quickly allows more time to build your claim and prepare for trial if necessary.
Never settle your claim without the advice of a Jones Act claim lawyer like ours at AK Law Firm. It is very likely your attorney can negotiate a settlement that more accurately reflects your damages and covers your total losses.