Maritime laws can be complicated for injured offshore oil workers

On Behalf of | Jul 22, 2021 | Maritime Law

There are many inherent dangers that offshore oil workers face in Texas. Accidents can take place in the harbor, in oil refineries, during helicopter transport and while working on an offshore oil rig. Depending on where the accident takes place, it can fall under either maritime law or traditional personal injury laws.

The brave men and women that work offshore and on land, put their lives and health at risk to keep our country up and running. Maritime law can be complicated and confusing for those that are injured on the job.

What makes maritime accidents unique?

A specific set of laws apply to maritime injury and accidents that do not apply to accidents on land. One of the main differences is the compensation that injured workers are entitled to under maritime law is very different from that offered under traditional personal injury law or workers’ compensation.

What are the advantages of having a maritime attorney’s representation?

Due to the complex nature of maritime law, injured offshore workers often benefit from having knowledgeable legal counsel. Some of the benefits of having an advocate are the following:

  • Reporting: Help with properly reporting the accident with an employer
  • Understanding: Help with determining whether an offshore worker is covered under The Jones Act
  • Investigation: Gathering evidence about the seaworthiness of the vessel and any involved crew member’s level of proper training
  • Assessment: Assessing the cause of the accident and injuries
  • Timeliness: Making sure that a lawsuit is filed promptly, when necessary
  • Negotiation: Negotiating the appropriate compensation and preparing for trial

Having strong legal representation by your side that is experienced in maritime injury cases in Texas, can add a sense of comfort and confidence to your life during this troubled time. It’s also the best way to protect your family and your future. Please continue to review the material on our website to learn more.