Offshore InjuryBlog

Jones Act Case Filed for Seaman with Spinal Injury

The offshore injury & maritime lawyers at Arnold & Itkin LLP recently filed a lawsuit on behalf of an injured Jones Act Seaman. While performing his assigned tasks onboard a vessel, our client was ordered to perform his tasks in an unsafe manner because the company refused to slow down and do things the proper, safe way.

As a result, our client has now suffered spinal injuries that will impact him for the remainder of his life.

Supervisors and vessel owners have a legal and ethical obligation to take care of their workers. Crew members assume the risk of anything they do by choice, but it's the supervisors who should assume risk for what they ask of the crew. Our offshore attorneys have seen far too many vessel managers try to get away with skeleton crews doing the same amount of work as a regular-sized crew. It's unfair to people who just want to earn an honest living.

When seamen suffer life-altering injuries like our client did, it's not just the worker who pays the price—it's spouses, children, and parents who suffer too. The emotional and financial costs of an injury are devastating, creating an insecure future for workers and their loved ones. Arnold & Itkin looks forward to helping another injured Jones Act seaman get the compensation and medical treatment he needs. The case was filed in Harris County, Texas.

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