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Texas Maritime Accident Attorneys

maritime jones act corpus texasWorking on a boat or rig comes with an inherent risk of danger. Understanding the nature of these jobs, employers have the responsibility to observe applicable safety regulations and to exert all necessary efforts to minimize the risks of an accident or injury.

If you or a loved one has been injured as a result of a maritime accident in the course of your job, you may be entitled to compensation. The Corpus Christi maritime accident lawyers at Bryan K. Harris PC offer valuable legal assistance to injured workers and their families who seek to hold their employers liable for damages. Our Texas Jones Act attorneys have extensive experience handling claims for compensation resulting from offshore injuries.

Common Offshore Injuries

Common injuries resulting from maritime accidents can include, but are not limited to:

  • Broken bones, fingers, hands, arms, legs, feet, or back
  • Deep cuts, bruises, or lacerations
  • Head injuries, brain damage, spinal cord injuries, neck injuries, herniated discs, etc.
  • Hypothermia
  • Loss of limbs
  • Mutilation, disfigurement, or defacement
  • Torn muscles, tendons, or ligaments

In severe cases, these injuries may progress to paralysis, coma, or even death.

The severe nature of these injuries can be enough to end the career of a maritime worker. Unable to work, they likely will struggle to support themselves and their families with no income while medical bills pile up.

If you or your loved one has suffered offshore injuries as the result of a maritime accident, don’t wait for your employer to pay the amount you deserve. In most cases, they will offer far less than fair compensation. Let the Corpus Christi accident lawyers at Bryan K. Harris PC help.

Our lawyers have successfully represented a diverse group of individuals injured during maritime work, including seamen, barge workers, rig and platform crew members, boat workers, tanker crews, and offshore platform workers.

Employer’s Liability in Offshore Injury Cases

Your employer has the responsibility to ensure that the workplace is as safe as possible, taking into account the safety features of the facility. Your employer has to make sure the following mechanisms are in place to prevent accidents and injuries:

  • Demand the highest standard of care from crew members in the operation of the vessel
  • Ensure that no worker falls overboard by installing safety nets or railings
  • Ensure the seaworthiness of the vessel
  • Maintain safety on decks to prevent accidents
  • Provide life jackets or floatation devices
  • Secure the cargo or load of the vessel

If the employer fails in his obligation to ensure the safety of workers, the injured employees may file a claim against the negligent employer for compensation.

If you are an injured seaman, longshoreman, or other offshore worker, contact the Corpus Christi maritime accident lawyers at Bryan K. Harris PC today for a free case evaluation.