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If you or a loved one has experienced an offshore injury, you need a Houston maritime lawyer to represent you in a court of law. Do not put yourself at the mercy of a worker’s compensation claim, or assume that your company is going to take care of you. The only way to get the justice and financial compensation you deserve is to hire accomplished workplace injury attorneys with a deep understanding of maritime law.

The offshore accident lawyers at Grimes & Fertitta know how devastating it is to be injured on the job. Compensation for lost wages often doesn’t begin to cover the impact that an injury can have on a victim’s entire family. Maritime law ensures that those who risk their health and safety for their employers are protected, and Grimes & Fertitta ensures that they are treated correctly after something goes wrong.

What is maritime law?

Maritime, or admiralty law, is essentially the set of rules by which navigation, shipping, and offshore business must operate. Maritime law governs contracts, personal injury (tort) law, and worker’s compensation claims on both domestic and international waters.

Under maritime law, crew members and passengers of a vessel may seek compensation for injuries that occur on said vessel. Damages for claims made by or for injured maritime workers can include lost wages, pain and suffering, or even wrongful death.

Not every Houston personal injury attorney will be able to handle maritime cases, which operate on very specific precedents not applicable to cases that take place ashore. If you or a loved one have been injured on the high seas, whether on the job or as a passenger, contact the aggressive and experienced Houston maritime attorneys at Grimes & Fertitta, who can give you a chance at getting what you deserve.

When is maritime law applicable?

The applicability of maritime law has changed significantly since its constitutional origins. Maritime law applies in “navigable waters,” which are defined as waters that can serve “as a continued highway over which commerce is or may be carried on with other States or foreign countries.”

Essentially, this means that the body of water must be capable of carrying goods from one state or country to another. For this reason, admiralty law can apply not only to drilling rigs and oil rig accidents but also to cruise ships and recreational vessels.

Common maritime accidents that require offshore accident lawyers

Accidents and injuries are common on the job. It is a well-known fact that working offshore is dangerous and that the hazards that cause an offshore injury lurk around every corner of a drilling rig or cargo ship. Some common accidents that often fall under maritime law include:

  • Slips and falls due to strewn about tools or slippery substances
  • Being struck by a falling object or heavy machinery
  • Getting caught in heavy machinery
  • Exposure to toxic materials
  • Explosions or fires

Fires can ignite at any time from sparks produced by heavy machinery igniting flammable materials in offshore environments. These materials are often in pressurized tanks that can explode and leave you with severe burns, lung damage, or worse. If you have been involved in a fire or explosion, you need a plant explosion lawyer to take on your case as quickly as possible.

These common occurrences can lead to traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries that lead to paralysis, severe burns — or even death. Wrongful death damages, if pursued correctly, can include funeral expenses and recompense for loss of financial contribution and mental suffering like companionship. If your loved one died working for an organization, that organization should be held responsible to make things right.

Continue reading: Steps in a wrongful death lawsuit

How can a Houston maritime lawyer win my case?

Maritime law puts forth a number of maritime doctrines intended to protect the passengers and crew of any vessel, drilling rig, or dock on navigable waters. Some of the statutes used by maritime lawyers to seek justice for their clients include:

  • The Jones Act gives seamen a statutory right to sue their employer for personal injury. It also provides that negligence need only be present in the injury in question, and not be the proximate cause.
  • The Seaman’s Right to Maintenance and Cure gives seamen the right to receive things like rent, mortgage, food, and medical expenses from their employer while recovering from an injury.
  • The Death on High Seas Act guarantees that a representative of the deceased can bring a claim to court.
  • The Longshore and Harbor Workers Compensation Act was enacted to establish statutory rights for maritime employees that are not technically seamen, but work on harbors, or vessels ashore during repair. This act covers ship-repairers, builders, and breakers, as well as longshoremen and harbor construction workers.

An oil rig injury attorney with a deep understanding of maritime law can ensure that you get the compensation that you and your family are entitled to.

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Injured on the high seas? Contact the aggressive and experienced Houston maritime attorneys at Grimes & Fertitta today.

The Houston maritime attorneys at Grimes & Fertitta can ensure that you are not alone during the aftermath of an offshore accident. We know that injured maritime workers have risked their lives working at sea, and we make it our business to bring justice to the families of the victims of offshore injury. Do not let the financial and emotional burden of someone else’s negligence fall on your shoulders.

We are here to help. Call Grimes & Fertitta today at (713) 224-7644 or contact us online for a free consultation.


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