Jones Act Attorneys
Offshore workers are constantly exposed to the unique hazards and dangers of working on vessels and offshore platforms. These unique dangers were one the reasons the United States government created The Jones Act almost 100 years ago to protect the rights of injured seamen and other offshore workers who are employed on maritime vessels like offshore drilling rigs, drill boats, supply boats, crew boats, cargo ships, tankers and dredges.
If you have been injured while working offshore, you may be entitled to make a claim under The Jones Act to obtain payment for your medical bills, lost wages as well as compensation for your pain and suffering. It is important that you contact an experienced attorney to handle your Jones Act claim to ensure you get all of the benefits you are legally entitled to receive.
The Callahan Law Firm has a track record of success in handling personal injury and wrongful death cases. Over the years, we have represented seamen engaged in a variety of jobs from those on work boats to dredging barges and who were injured anywhere from the Gulf of Mexico all the way to China’s Bohai Bay. Our experienced lawyers use their skills and resources to put together powerful, compelling cases on behalf of our offshore and maritime injury clients.
Common Causes of Maritime and Offshore Accidents
As a seaman working aboard a vessel in the Gulf of Mexico or another of our nation’s waterways, your own safety depends on your co-workers’ safe work practices, proper maintenance of equipment, the seaworthiness of the vessel and the responsible and safety-conscious actions of the vessel owner.
We have seen serious and fatal injuries occur on maritime vessels as the result of many different types of unsafe work practices. Some of the most common hazards sailors and offshore workers face include:
- Unseaworthiness: Is your vessel fit for service and clean?
- Improper equipment: Do you and your fellow seaman have the equipment you need to safely do your job? Is the equipment regularly maintained in good working order?
- Inadequate training: Are you and the rest of the crew adequately trained in maritime safety procedures and in equipment operation?
- Violation of safety rules: The maritime industry is heavily regulated to ensure safe working conditions. Violation of federal, state or industry safety guidelines can result in personal injury or death.