Maritime workers often encounter dangerous and turbulent work conditions and the constant threat of bodily injury. Injuries suffered offshore and on the dock can be severe and place significant stress on the injured person and their family.
If you have been injured while working at sea, while on a vessel or even while on the dock, you may be entitled to certain benefits and compensation under the Jones Act or the Longshore and Harbor Workers Compensation Act. Generally, most crew members of vessels qualify as seamen under the Jones Act if they spend more than 30 percent of their time on a vessel; however, some maritime workers may not qualify under the Jones Act but may have substantial rights under the Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act (LHWCA) as well as the ability to sue other at-fault parties based on general maritime law.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a maritime accident, contact the Estes Law Firm for a free consultation.