Generally, seamen and women injured while working on ships, boats and oil rigs are covered by the benefits and protection of the Jones Act. Workers who are injured in or near waterfronts, or who are injured in the offshore exploration or production business, though, are still eligible to sue for work-related injuries under maritime law.

Injuries to maritime workers who are not seamen are most often covered by the Longshore and Harbor Workers' Compensation Act (LHWCA). The LHWCA provides two avenues of recovery:

  • Maritime workers' compensation when workers are injured on their jobs
  • The right to bring a negligence claim against a vessel or other responsible person other than an employer.

Were you injured as a longshoreman, a person assigned to work on fixed drilling or fixed production platforms, or a worker serving in a shipyard or repair facility? Were you injured after being dispatched to a ship to perform service or repair work?

We can help. The Houston maritime injury lawyers of Spagnoletti & Co. have successfully handled numerous accidents occurring on or near ships, harbors and rivers in Texas, Louisiana and Florida and throughout the Gulf Coast.

Maritime workers or their families who are faced with a claim should ensure they select counsel who is both knowledgeable and experienced in maritime matters, including experience with the LHWCA. We are skilled at investigating claims, negotiating and litigating against insurers. To speak with an attorney, please contact us by calling 713-659-0257 or 877-678-5864.