WESLACO MARITIME INJURY ATTORNEY
SERVING SEAMAN & MARITIME WORKERS THROUGHOUT TEXAS
The BP Deepwater Horizon offshore oil rig explosion and subsequent oil spill brought the dangers of maritime work into the international spotlight. If you’re an injured maritime worker, it’s important to speak with a Weslaco maritime injury lawyer who understands maritime law.
Contact Lopez Law Group, at (956) 968 7800. We proudly serve McAllen and the Rio Grande Valley.
HANDLING ALL TYPES OF DEFECTIVE PRODUCT CLAIMS
Workers on ships, tugs, offshore platforms, and other vessels covered under maritime law have some of the most difficult and dangerous jobs in the world. Every year, maritime workers are severely injured or killed on the job. Working seamen will be regulated by federal laws and international law, which can include general maritime law, the Jones Act, the Death on the High Seas Act (DOHSA), and the Longshore and Harbor Workers Compensation Act (LHWCA).
THE JONES ACT & MARITIME LAW
The Jones Act was enacted to protect the rights of injured seamen, crew members, and workers on vessels. The Jones Act definition of a vessel includes not only ships, but barges, oil rigs, and any anything else that is used to transport goods or people on navigable waters. A worker covered by the Jones Act includes anyone who spends more than thirty percent of his time working aboard a vessel on navigable waters.
A seaman who has been injured may be able to recover compensation for damages from their employer when his or her injuries are caused in part by negligence. An experienced maritime lawyer will help the seaman or his family show that the vessel owner or operator was negligent, or show defect in the ship or its appurtenances.
The Jones Act provides injured seamen the right to maintenance and cure, compensation for lost wages and medical expenses after a work injury.
EXPERIENCED WESLACO MARITIME ACCIDENT INJURY ATTORNEY
If you’re an injured maritime worker, our Weslaco maritime injury attorney has the legal skill, professional experience, and quality resources to stand up for your rights and best interests. Our firm is experienced with handling Jones Act cases and maritime law. A Jones Act claim must be brought within the statute of limitations, which will vary depending upon where and how the accident happened.
Call (956) 968 7800 or contact Lopez Law Group online now.