We Help Injured Houston Offshore Workers
Get the financial compensation you deserve
You're a worker on a ship or another vessel at sea, and you've been hurt on the job. You can't work. You're left with medical bills and other expenses. What are your rights? You may be eligible for compensation under a federal law called the Jones Act. Attorneys at Tracey Fox King & Walters in Houston can help you with your offshore worker injury claim.
The Jones Act is similar to workers' compensation laws. The difference is offshore workers who are injured must prove that they were hurt due to negligence by their employer or co-workers. That's why it's important to have a lawyer on your side who has successfully handled Jones Act claims.
The Jones Act allows injured offshore workers to seek compensation for expenses related to their injury. This includes medical expenses and a daily stipend to cover the food and shelter the worker would have received before the injury. The injured worker can also seek damages (financial compensation) for lost wages, pain and suffering, mental anguish and more.
Who is qualified for Jones Act protections?
Workers whose duties contribute to a ship's mission or to the ship or vessel's functioning are protected by the Jones Act. Also, the worker must have a substantial connection to the vessel that is in navigation. Workers who spend 30 percent or more of their time in the service of a vessel are typically considered covered under the act. In the Houston area, workers who may qualify include:
- Oil rig workers
- Barge workers
- Barge crane operators
- Rig maintenance workers
- Deck hands
- Captains and ship officers
An injury can leave you out of work, with no money coming in but lots of bills. We don't like to see offshore workers and their families struggling because someone was negligent. So we do something about it.
Experienced attorneys who get results
Offshore jobs can be dangerous. Employers are responsible for providing a safe workplace. Neglecting this responsibility can result in an accident that leaves a worker with serious injuries. Examples of employer negligence can include improper or inadequate training, unsafe equipment or failure to provide safe access to the ship. It can also include requiring excessive overtime, failing to correct known safety hazards or violating industry safety standards.
Our attorneys can help you file your claim and prove that negligence caused your injury. We will stand by you every step of the way until we get results. We know what it takes to win cases and have helped thousands of clients. You don't owe us a penny unless we come through for you.
A Jones Act claim must be filed within three years of the date of injury. But we advise that you contact our law firm as soon as possible after your injury. It's important to act quickly to preserve evidence that someone's negligence was responsible for the injury. We can take steps to gather that evidence and also interview witnesses while their memories of what happened are fresh.
Take the first step to get the financial compensation you are owed. Contact us to set up an appointment for a free case evaluation.