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Houston Maritime Injury Lawyers

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 and the nation. Not only do huge amounts of imports and exports pass through these vital sea ports, 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 experienced an onshore or offshore injury, the Houston maritime lawyers Schechter, Shaffer & Harris can help. We are expert Jones Act attorneys, and we’ve helped hundreds of clients place Jones Act claims over the years and get the compensation they need to ensure their families are protected financially.

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


Expert Maritime Injury Lawyers in Houston, TX at Your Side

These injuries can end the career of a sailor, seaman, or other maritime worker. 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 local 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 Jones Act 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.

Contact us today for a free consultation.


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Jonathan S. Harris and Matthew D. Shaffer are Board Certified in Personal Injury Trial Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.  Other attorneys are not board certified.  Principal office is located in Houston, Texas.