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When citizens and workers in Texas are hurt within state boundaries, they can count on Texas state law to provide remedies for compensation. What happens, however, to workers who are out at sea? In these cases, maritime workers-such as sailors and offshore workers-are protected by a federal law known as the Merchant Marine Act of 1920, or the “Jones Act.”

If you are a maritime worker that has suffered an injury while on the job, a knowledgeable and dedicated Texas injury lawyer at McLaurin Law is ready to hear from you. Our firm is well-versed in the federal laws that govern injured maritime workers. We’re prepared to aggressively navigate these cases toward maximum compensation throughout every stage of our client’s claim.

Are you ready to learn more about your options under the Jones Act and other maritime laws? Contact our firm today.

What Is the Jones Act?

The Jones Act allows American seamen who have been hurt on the job to sue their employer for financial damages (if the employer did indeed contribute to the injury). “Seamen” applies to any worker who spends much of their job working on a vessel that is considered in navigation.

To be “in navigation,” a vessel must be:

  • On navigable waters
  • In operation and afloat
  • Capable of moving

The Jones Act requires that a worker spend at least 30% of their time on the clock on the vessel to be considered a seaman. If you believe you have a viable claim under the Jones Act, contact us at McLaurin Law today.

Other Maritime Worker Laws

The Jones Act is not the only federal law in place that provides certain worker protections in instances that occur off the mainland. The Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act (OCSLA), for example, provides workers’ compensation benefits to some offshore workers and the Death on the High Seas Act (DOHSA) can allow bereaved families of these workers to seek compensation in the wake of a tragedy, as well. The Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act (LHWCA) also provides medical and rehabilitation benefits for workers engaged in the loading/unloading or building of ships.

If you believe your injury is covered under one of these federal laws, our injury advocates are ready to speak with you. Contact our firm today to request a free consultation.

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Free Consultations: Whenever you need legal advice, McLaurin Law offers consultations for free. Depending on the circumstances of your case, our lawyers are happy to allot a 30-minute free consultation and strategy session.
Insider Advantage: Our lead attorney, Jason C. McLaurin, has previously worked as an insider for insurance companies. His experience in the industry allows him to guide clients in choosing comprehensive insurance policies and exploring strategies in case of denied claims.
Years of Experience: Since 2017, McLaurin Law has served hundreds of clients in Houston, Texas. The firm focuses on commercial and insurance laws and handles personal injury cases, ranging from road accidents to maritime liabilities.
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Should I Take What the Insurance Company Offers Me?

Typically, the answer to this is absolutely not. Insurance companies are looking out for their own best interests and will try to get you to settle for an offer that is far below what you deserve. At McLaurin Law, we can help you seek an appropriate settlement.

What's the Time Limit for Filing a Claim?

After an accident, you should typically file a claim with the insurance provider of the negligent party who is responsible for your accident. It is important that you move with haste in filing a personal injury claim with the insurance carrier after an injury has occurred. Should a lawsuit eventually become necessary, it is also important to keep in mind that in the state of Texas, you must file a personal injury lawsuit within two years of the date the injury occurred.

What Should I Do after an Injury?

Your number one priority should be your well-being. Seek out medical advice as soon as possible to ensure that you get the treatment you need. You should also move quickly to consult with an attorney to assist you with your personal injury claim. Critical events occur early in the personal injury claims process—such as interviews with adjusters and early damages assessments—so do not delay speaking with an attorney.

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