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San Francisco Maritime Lawyers

What Is Maritime Law?

A maritime lawyer deals with the body of laws that relate to the navigable waters in the United States, in addition to the open water in regions such as the Gulf of Mexico, as well as the coastal lines of the U.S. Maritime admiralty law covers ships, shipping, insurance claims, and civil matters on the open waters.

Maritime law applies whenever an employee becomes injured while at sea. This law is substantially different from standard personal injury and worker’s compensation laws, which apply to incidents on land.

What Is the Jones Act?

The Jones Act, a.k.a. the Merchant Marine Act of 1920, protects the rights of seamen who qualify under this law. The Jones Act grants attorneys the power to bring legal action on behalf of an injured employee against ship owners, the ship captain, or any other responsible crew members in the aftermath of a personal injury incident.

When Should I File a Claim?

There are multiple types of cases where a San Francisco maritime lawyer can demonstrate that an employee’s injuries are the result of the employer’s negligence:

  • Failure to provide a seaworthy vessel
  • Lack of proper safety training before permitting seamen to their duties
  • Sunken vessels from leaking oil
  • Negligence of the seaman’s coworkers
  • Assault by a co-worker
  • Unsafe work methods

Finding a San Francisco Maritime Lawyer

Here at Schechter, Shaffer & Harris, L.L.P., we’re dedicated to aiding victims in their quest to win appropriate compensation under the guidelines of the Jones Act and other applicable maritime laws. The purpose of this compensation is to cover personal losses that stem from the injury—for example, medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering.

Our offshore injury lawyers draw upon years of relevant maritime experience to help clients obtain the best possible results. We can provide professional guidance and assistance in all aspects of your case: planning a legal strategy, finding evidence, and answering your legal questions. For your convenience, our maritime law firm is open 24 hours a day and 7 days a week. Call a maritime injury attorney in San Francisco today for a free evaluation. Click to Call 713-364-0723

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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.