For those hurt in a maritime accident or who have otherwise suffered an offshore injury, we encourage you to contact us as soon as possible. We have successfully recovered billions of dollars in verdicts and settlements. We have also been involved in complex cases, such as helping crewmembers of the Deepwater Horizon.
Arnold & Itkin's legal team represented more members of the Deepwater Horizon than any other law firm in the country. With billions of dollars in verdicts and settlements, the maritime injury lawyers from our team are the right choice for you or your family's case.
Employees at sea may have similar job responsibilities when compared to workers who labor on land, but work performed at sea is inherently much more dangerous. The laws that apply to laborers in the states was not fit for their water-based counterparts. For this reason, maritime law was crafted, to give ocean-based personnel extra protection and to outline their specific rights as maritime workers. Maritime law covers a variety of categories such as parameters of legal job duties (marine salvaging, cargo shipping), stipulations of maritime injury claims, and more. Arguably one of the most important aspects of maritime law is its provisions for workers who are in need of medical attention. If you are a maritime worker who had to seek medical attention because of a work-related injury, contact our firm so that we might help you get the compensation you deserve under the Jones Act.
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The Jones Act, also known as the Merchant Marine Act of 1920, provides certain legal rights to seaman that protect their health and livelihood. Under the Jones Act, a seaman who has been injured would have the ability to pursue a case against the ship owner, captain, or other members of their crew. The law, however, is strict on who qualifies as a Jones Act seaman and who is eligible to recover compensation. It is therefore crucial that you talk to lawyers about your case.
Commonly referred to as the Longshore Act or LHWCA, the Longshore and Harbor Workers' Compensation Act is a statutory workers' compensation scheme enacted in 1927 to provide protection to maritime workers who are not protected by the Jones Act. Currently, the LHWCA provides benefits to more than 500,000 workers for work-related injuries and occupational diseases. This act also provides benefits to the widow, widower, or eligible survivors if an injury or illness leads to a death.
In 1920, the Death on the High Seas Act (DOHSA) was enacted by Congress to protect the families of seaman injured while working offshore. Under this law, spouses, children, and other dependents are given the ability to pursue legal action if the loss of their loved one could be linked to the negligence of another. For example, family could pursue a claim if the accident was caused by the unseaworthiness of a vessel or careless actions of an employer or crewmember.
Maritime law is often categorized into two types. The first is the compilation of federal statutes passed over the years (such as the Jones Act); the second is vaguer and consists of "common law," which has developed naturally by major court decisions. One major component of general maritime law is the doctrine of "maintenance and cure," which is what provides living expenses, lost wages, and medical care to seamen if they become injured or ill while working offshore.
Maritime law is a highly-complex area of the law—and not every statute will apply to every case. For this reason, it is crucial that no time is wasted in contacting a maritime injury lawyer who will be able to provide you access to a wealth of knowledge. If you or someone you love has been hurt, we encourage you to contact our team today. We proudly serve clients throughout the Gulf, including Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama.
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Arnold & Itkin represented nearly a third of the crewmembers injured in the Deepwater Horizon explosion.
Because maritime law is so complex and so complicated, it is crucial that you work with an attorney who has an in-depth understanding of how it works and who has proven themselves in similar cases before.