Texas Jones Act Attorneys
Working aboard a ship or boat poses potential risk of severe injury, disability or loss of the ability to earn a living. The Jones Act provides that seamen have legal rights regarding their jobs and their health and allows them to recover compensation called maintenance and cure while their injuries heal. The act enables them, or, if they die, their family members, to bring a lawsuit against their employer if they are able to prove that their death or injury has been caused by the negligence of the ship's operator, owner or other members of the crew. A lawsuit may also be filed if:
- The ship itself can be proven to be unseaworthy or unsafe
- The ship or its systems are defective
- The ship is not maintained properly
If you are a seaman, fisherman, cruise ship worker, deckhand, oil rig worker, ferry worker, tugboat worker, barge worker, longshoreman, harbor worker, or other maritime related occupation, and you have been the victim of an accident or injury at sea, or a loved one has died as a result of such an accident or injury, you may be able to file a claim for damages from your employer under the Jones Act, the Longshore and Harbor Workers' Act or the Death on the High Seas Act.
Experienced Maritime Attorneys
If you have been injured in an offshore accident, it is important that you contact a Sugar Land personal injury attorney immediately for a free consultation. The Reed & Terry Law Firm have been representing maritime cases for over 15 years and have successfully represented many maritime claims. They may be able to help you receive damages for medical bills, lost wages, disability, pain and suffering, mental anguish and other benefits. If you are concerned about bringing a lawsuit against your employer for fear being fired or not being allowed to work once you recover, it would be a good idea to contact an attorney from the firm to discuss the matter. There is a probability you will be fired, but you do have legal rights if you have been fired without cause or for pursuing the legal remedies you are entitled to.