Pennsylvania Jones Act and Maritime Attorney
If you’ve been injured as the result of your job as a seaman, harbor worker or longshoreman, you have specific rights under U.S. maritime laws when it comes to seeking compensation. Maritime workers know that the job comes with certain levels of risk, but that doesn’t negate the legal right to seek fair and reasonable compensation for injuries and illness that are a result of your work, particularly if it comes as a result of negligence on the part of your employer or coworkers. A Pennsylvania Jones Act attorney can help you determine your rights and what maritime law governs your situation.
Depending on your job and circumstances surrounding your Pennsylvania maritime injury, you may be entitled to compensation for medical bills, lost wages and other damages. If you were injured working on a vessel as a seaman, for example, and the injury was a result of negligence or the ship’s unseaworthiness, you may be eligible for a Jones Act claim. By contacting a Pennsylvania Jones Act attorney, you can gain the valuable assistance of someone experienced not only in the various maritime laws but also in cases just like yours. The Pennsylvania maritime attorneys at Schechter, McElwee, Shaffer & Harris have decades of experience helping workers injured in the maritime trade in a wide range of cases and have a history of success in helping our clients receive the compensation they deserve.
Pennsylvania Ports And Maritime Trade
The maritime lawyers at Schechter, McElwee, Shaffer & Harris have used our experience to help countless seamen, dock workers, longshoremen and offshore workers throughout the nation. A key area in coastal states that maritime workers can be found are ports. In Pennsylvania, there are many ports, as well as vessels that frequent them, where maritime workers may find themselves injured and in need of qualified legal representation. Some of the major ports that we serve in the state include:
1. Pittsburgh: The Port of Pittsburgh is an inland port in the southwestern part of the state. As the second biggest port of its kind, it saw more than 38 million tons of cargo in 2007 alone, with the majority being coal.
2. Philadelphia: Located in the largest city in the state and fifth largest in the nation, the Port of Philadelphia handled slightly more than 35 million tons of cargo in 2007. The port is situated on the southeastern part of the state, where the Delaware River meets the Schuylkill River.
3. Erie: The Port of Erie, on the southeastern shores of Lake Erie, is a vital part of the large lake’s commercial and recreational opportunities. The natural harbor is protected by a large peninsula.
Get Help From A Pennsylvania Maritime Lawyer
No matter your maritime job, the Pennsylvania Jones Act attorneys at Schechter, McElwee, Shaffer & Harris have the experience and knowledge to help you. Maritime claims are not the same as other personal injury claims. The maritime laws that govern compensation can be complex and require intimate knowledge and experience to get the full compensation owed to the injured party. Call today for a free consultation regarding your Pennsylvania maritime injury.