California Jones Act and Maritime Lawyers
For those who labor in the California maritime trade, the risk of on-the-job injury is well known. What you may not know is that you have certain protections under maritime law to help you get compensation in the event of injury. The laws and compensation available will depend on your occupation -- harbor workers, seamen, longshoremen and other maritime employees fall under the protections of different maritime laws. Whether you are able to seek compensation for medical expenses, lost wages and other damages will depend on the laws that cover your particular work. The California Jones Act attorneys at Schechter, McElwee, Shaffer & Harris know these laws well and can help you determine what rights you have and what compensation you are eligible to seek in the event of a California maritime injury.
California Ports And Maritime Industry
There are several main ports in California that maritime workers labor at. The California maritime lawyers at Schechter, McElwee, Shaffer & Harris can help workers injured at these ports or on vessels that frequent them, as well as any of the state’s port complexes. The major ports include:
1. San Diego: The Port of San Diego is one of the top deep-water harbors in the world, guarded on either side by two peninsulas and linked to the Pacific Ocean. This bustling international shipping thoroughfare is also home to a complex of military bases.
2. Los Angeles: The Port of Los Angeles is well known as the busiest container port in the nation, employing more than 16,000 workers. Located along 43 miles of waterfront property and occupying 7,500 acres, this port saw about 157.8 million metric revenue tons in 2010. That’s about $236 billion worth of cargo. In the same year, about 2,200 vessels arrived in the port.
3. Oakland: The Port of Oakland is the fifth busiest container port in the U.S. and a vital transportation and distribution center for international goods. In 2008, the port served 1,928 cargo vessels.
4. San Francisco: The Port of San Francisco is on the western edge of San Francisco Bay, near the Golden Gate Bridge. The port’s Maritime Division manages and markets cruise and cargo shipping as well as fishing, vessel repair and other maritime trade services in the harbor.
Other ports in the state served by our California maritime injury attorneys include Port of Long Beach, San Joaquin Harbor, Port of Benicia, Avalon Harbor, El Segundo Offshore oil Terminal, Port of Pittsburgh and many more.
Get Help From A California Maritime Attorney Today
If you’ve been injured in a California maritime accident, don’t wait for your employer to provide the compensation you and your family need to get through this tough time. The California maritime lawyers at Schechter, McElwee, Shaffer & Harris know the ins and outs of the laws that govern your compensation rights and can help make sure you recover all damages you are entitled to. Call today for a free consultation and get the help you need to take care of yourself and your family.