Texas Maritime Lawyer and Jones Act Attorney
In Texas, there are several different maritime laws to protect seamen, longshoremen, harbor works and other maritime industry employees. When an on-the-job injury occurs, a Texas maritime attorney can help you to seek benefits under the right maritime law. Our Texas maritime injury lawyers have decades of experience in providing assistance to a broad range of maritime workers who have been injured and the families of workers who have lost their lives as a result of maritime accidents along the Gulf Coast and in many other regions.
From a seaman seeking benefits under the Jones Act to a dock worker filing a claim under the Longshore and Harbor Workers Compensation Act (LHWCA), we are confident that our Texas maritime attorneys can help find the right financial compensation to seek. We have a proven record of relentlessly fighting for the rights of our clients are here to help you in your time of need.
Texas Maritime Industry
In Texas, the maritime industry, including the transport of goods and passengers by sea, is a vital part of the economy. There are thousands of workers from Texas serving the state’s ports, which play a key role in national and maritime trade. Offshore drilling, commercial fishing, recreational boating and cruise ship traffic all pass through the ports of Texas. The port cities that play the most prominent role in the state’s economy include:
1. Houston -- As the largest city in the state, Houston has a 25-mile-long port complex featuring public as well as private facilities. The Port of Houston is ranked No. 1 in the nation in foreign waterborne tonnage and No. 2 in the nation for total tonnage. The port is located just a few hours’ sailing time from the Gulf of Mexico on the busy Houston Ship Channel and has ready access to truck, rail and air transportation for economical transportation of goods that come into the port.
2. Galveston -- The Port of Galveston, often referred to as Galveston Wharves, is located on the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway of Texas. It serves a bustling import and export trade and is a vital terminal in the passenger cruise ship industry, particularly for destinations in the Caribbean. Galveston is the No. 1 port along the Gulf Coast and No. 4 in the nation.
3. Corpus Christi -- The largest coastal port city in the southern part of the state is also the sixth largest port in the entire nation. With a 45-foot depth along a wide, straight canal, the Port of Corpus Christi provides access to the Gulf, the open ocean and the U.S. inland waterway systems. As a world-class port, it boasts storage, grain elevators and both dry and liquid facilities for most types of cargo. The Port of Corpus Christi is also a strategic deployment seaport for U.S. military forces. Access to land transport is an impressive feature of the Port of Corpus Christi, with direct connections to three Class I railroads, quick access to the national and state highway systems and air transport available through the Corpus Christi International Airport.
4. Port Arthur -- Located 90 miles east of Houston on the Sabine-Neches Ship Channel, Port Arthur is home to three major refineries. The Port Arthur International Public Port accommodates large petrochemical tankers and cargo ships, with rail, truck and air transportation located adjacent to the port.
Texas Maritime Injury Attorneys
Working in the maritime injury can be a dangerous field. The Texas Jones Act attorneys at Schechter, McElwee, Shaffer and Harris can provide the experience and knowledge needed to assist in any injury claim, whether you were injured offshore, on a vessel or in one of the state’s many bustling ports. Our decades of experience in Texas maritime injury claims give us valuable insight into the intricacies of maritime law, and our track record of success shows our willingness to go to battle for our clients’ rights.
If you’ve been hurt in a Texas maritime accident, don’t wait. Call our Texas Jones Act attorneys today and get the help you need to take care of yourself and your family.