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Houston Maritime Injury Lawyer

Texas ports handle about 565 million tons of cargo. The Port of Houston, Port of Texas City, and Port of Galveston all play direct roles in the economy of both the state of Texas and the nation. Not only do huge amounts of imports and exports pass through these vital seaports, but the ports also provide millions of jobs.

While it is the responsibility of your employer to minimize your risk of injury, working on boats and rigs is inherently physical work, and injuries can and do happen. If you’ve become injured in an accident, don’t hesitate to file a claim.

Our Houston maritime injury lawyers are here to help. We handle injuries that occur in both offshore and onshore environments where safety regulations can be difficult or impossible to enforce. Our firm has an extensive reach that stretches throughout the country. We have experience in many cities across the nation and also serve the following areas:

With decades of combined experience, our personal injury attorneys have what it takes to secure maximum compensation for your case. We know that dealing with physical injuries is challenging enough without adding the stress of legal proceedings into the mix. Fortunately, though you should never delay filing a claim regardless of circumstances, the insurance companies involved will usually push for quick settlement if they believe your condition is permanent or life-threatening. Don’t let their haste work against you getting the compensation you deserve.

If you’ve experienced an onshore or offshore injury, the Houston maritime injury lawyers Schechter, Shaffer & Harris can help. We are expert Jones Act attorneys, and we’ve helped hundreds of clients place claims over the years and get the compensation they need to ensure their families are protected financially.

WHAT ARE COMMON OFFSHORE INJURIES?

The list of injuries common among seamen and other maritime workers is long, but the following are some of the most serious injuries that can happen while working at sea:

  • Broken finger, hand, arm, leg, foot, or back
  • Burns (common with longshoremen)
  • Compartment syndrome (inadequate blood flow to tissues)
  • Crushed finger(s), hand, arm, leg, or foot
  • Deep cut or laceration
  • Drowning or near-drowning
  • Injured back and/or neck, including herniated discs and strains
  • Loss of limb
  • Lung problems, including pleural disease
  • Torn muscles, ligaments, or tendons
  • Toxic chemical exposure
  • Traumatic brain injury

Maritime accidents that lead to these potential injuries can affect longshore and harbor workers for weeks, months, and even years. No injured seamen deserve to shoulder the costs associated with their injuries alone.

Many injuries that happen onshore or offshore come with financial, physical, and emotional costs that can be difficult to circumvent. Filing a maritime injury lawsuit will help you recover what you deserve for your case. Whether the vessel you were working on demonstrated unseaworthiness or other regulations were violated, our maritime injury attorneys can help you understand your rights and fight for them from beginning to end.

WHAT TYPES OF DAMAGES CAN I RECOVER WITH A MARITIME INJURY CLAIM?

The maritime industry can be a difficult line of work to be in. From commercial fishing to working on oil rigs, there are many inherently dangerous aspects of the job that can affect a maritime worker. When the negligent and wrongful behavior of an employer or other employees affects your health, you can stand to lose more than just time off of work. A maritime injury lawyer in Houston can work with you to secure compensation for damages, including:

Medical bills for emergency care, surgeries, hospitalization, testing, medication. These medical bills can be staggering, whether you have suffered a severe injury or have been hospitalized for an extended period of time.

Rehabilitation expenses to help work towards recovery, including physical therapy (both at home and in a facility), transportation to consult with physicians or attend rehabilitation appointments, temporary housing/living costs during extensive recovery periods.

Lost wages while injured on the job or recovering from an incident on the job. Whether you are limited in what you can do now because of injuries or unable to work at all, you can receive compensation for the wages you lose as a result of your injuries.

Permanent disability and/or loss of earning capacity (future wage loss). This is determined by how badly injured you were in your accident and the long-term effect it has on your ability to live and work.

Emotional distress and/or pain and suffering. This is often taken into account with permanent disability awards because people who experience these types of injuries often experience emotional difficulties as well, such as anxiety or depression. Our firm is dedicated to helping maritime workers keep their lives moving forward after an injury so that they don’t become stagnant. We understand what

Punitive damages for reckless behavior that causes harm on purpose.

Our maritime injury lawyers are experienced in helping clients secure the compensation they deserve for their injuries. We understand what it takes to build a strong case, so contact us today for more information about how we can help you move forward following an accident at sea.

Losing time off from work is stressful enough on its own. Being forced to make it through with mounting medical bills that you have no way of paying for isn’t just unfair––it’s wrong. Our maritime injury attorneys fight for your rights to ensure you and your family are properly compensated and cared for going forward.

WHAT CAN A MARITIME LAWYER DO TO HELP ME?

The maritime industry can be a difficult line of work to be in. From commercial fishing to working on oil rigs, there are many inherently dangerous aspects of the job that can affect a maritime worker. When the negligent and wrongful behavior of an employer or other employees affects your health, you can stand to lose more than just time off of work. A maritime injury lawyer from our Houston law firm can work with you to secure compensation for damages, including:

  • Medical bills for emergency care, surgeries, hospitalization, testing, medication. These medical bills can be staggering, whether you have suffered a severe injury or have been hospitalized for an extended period of time.
  • Rehabilitation expenses to help work towards recovery, including physical therapy (both at home and in a facility), transportation to consult with physicians or attend rehabilitation appointments, temporary housing/living costs during extensive recovery periods.
  • Lost wages while injured on the job or recovering from an incident on the job. Whether you are limited in what you can do now because of injuries or unable to work at all, you can receive compensation for the wages you lose as a result of your injuries.
  • Permanent disability and/or loss of earning capacity (future wage loss). This is determined by how badly injured you were in your accident and the long-term effect it has on your ability to live and work.
  • Emotional distress and/or pain and suffering. This is often taken into account with permanent disability awards because people who experience these types of injuries often experience emotional difficulties as well, such as anxiety or depression. Our firm is dedicated to helping maritime workers keep their lives moving forward after an injury so that they don’t become stagnant. We understand what
  • Punitive damages for reckless behavior that causes harm on purpose.

Our lawyers are experienced in helping clients secure the compensation they deserve for their injuries. We understand what it takes to build a strong case, so contact us today for more information about how we can help you move forward following an accident at sea.

Losing time off from work is stressful enough on its own. Being forced to make it through with mounting medical bills that you have no way of paying for isn’t just unfair––it’s wrong. Our maritime injury attorneys fight for your rights to ensure you and your family are properly compensated and cared for going forward.

WHAT CAN A LAWYER DO TO HELP ME?

An experienced maritime lawyer can help you navigate your claim. The maritime industry has certain commercial regulations and acts such as the Harbor Workers Compensation Act and the Jones Act that help protect your rights under certain situations. We are equipped to help you understand your rights and fight for what you deserve.

The first step to building a strong case is to keep detailed documentation of what happened on the dates of the events in question, as well as any information related to your injuries, such as medical bills and receipts.

You should also take note of the sea conditions at the time of injury, including significant weather events such as lightning storms or severe illnesses that may have affected other workers on deck. Our firm can help create a timeline that details the factors leading up to your injuries so that we can provide you with more accurate advice about how we can proceed with your claim.

It’s important to remember that every maritime injury claim varies so it’s important not to rely solely on experiences from clients who have different factors in their cases to you. Our firm will take the time to get to know you and your claim so that we can provide you with accurate advice about how we can assist you moving forward.

Since maritime claims are so complex, it’s important to have a lawyer who understands the industry and what can affect a case.

Our maritime law firm is committed to upholding the rights of our clients in several ways, including:

  • Work with you to build a strong case.
  • Protect your rights and dignity in the face of negligent employers and negligent coworkers.
  • Make sure your voice is heard when navigating the complex legal system that can be difficult for workers to overcome on their own.
  • Tackle each part of the process head-on, from investigation to litigation and beyond. Maritime injury claims are complicated and require experienced professionals who understand what it takes to win over juries and judges alike.

If you have been hurt due to negligent maintenance of a ship, negligence of safety standards, or in any onshore or offshore accident, reach out to our maritime law firm as soon as possible to get the professional help you need going forward. We can assist injured workers recover compensation for lost wages, medical expenses, mental anguish, and more.

CALL A HOUSTON MARITIME INJURY ATTORNEY FOR GUIDANCE

These injuries can end the career of a sailor, seaman, or other maritime workers. Due to the physical demands of working at sea, severe injuries to the hands, arms, legs or back can be catastrophic. When you are unable to work, you and your family could suffer serious financial problems.

If you have been injured, you do not have to wait for your insurance company to settle your claim or for your employer to give you the compensation you deserve. You need a team of professional Houston maritime attorneys to fight for your rights and get you what you need for a full recovery.

If you or a member of your family has been seriously injured or killed as a result of a maritime accident or offshore injury, the maritime accident attorneys at our law firm urge you to contact us for legal advice to ensure you get all of the compensation to which you and your family members are entitled. Our attorneys provide assistance to maritime, port, and offshore workers across the United States.

Injured maritime workers should contact our Jones Act law firm today for a free consultation.

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