At the Barnes Law Firm,LLP we represent people and families of loved ones with Offshore Injuries throughout the Houston, Texas area. The Barnes Law Firm,LLP has represented people from all walks of life who have suffered an Offshore Injury or an injury on the Texas intracoastal waterways as well as in the Gulf of Mexico . The Barnes Law Firm,LLP offers a free case evaluation of your Offshore Injury claim.
Offshore Injuries tend to be quite unique in that, an offshore injury doesn't usually fall under any particular set of Texas State laws. Since most Offshore Injury claims happen “Offshore”, there are various federal and international laws which regulate Offshore Injuries. The law controlling an Offshore Injury claim will depend on numerous factors, which include; the geographical location of the injury, the type of ship or vessel on which the Offshore Injury occurred, the occupation of the injured worker, the type of injury sustained, the actual employer of the injured worker as well as other facts specific to the particular case.
Offshore Injury claims are extremely complicated and you may have significant rights against various different parties depending upon how your Offshore Injury occurred. Depending on the facts of your Offshore Injury your rights to recover a claim may fall under one or more or the following;
The Jones Act
The purpose of the Jones Act is to protect injured or ill “seaman.” A “seaman” is generally a person employed on a vessel or movable other structure navigated or floating on an ocean or intra-coastal waterway who contributes to the vessel or structure’s function or mission. The definition of a “seaman” generally does not include a longshoreman, pilot, or other person who works on a stationary platform. Various Offshore Injuries, including those on offshore oil rigs, are covered by the Jones Act. Settlements in Jones Act cases can be significant.
The Longshore and Harbor Workers' Compensation Act
Offshore or Maritime workers who have suffered an offshore injury or illness during the course of employment on a vessel or other floating movable structure may be entitled to compensation under the " The Longshore and Harbor Workers' Compensation Act. " The Longshore and Harbor Workers' Compensation Act covers maritime workers who are not eligible for protection under the Jones Act because they do not meet the definition of “seamen.” Settlements in Longshore cases can be significant.
The Death on the High Seas Act
This Federal law may apply when an person dies while on the “high seas”. High seas are defined to be at least 3 miles off the United States coastline, however in some cases it may be extended further based on the original wording of the statute. The beneficiaries such as a spouse or child may be able to recover damages for the loss of a loved one, however recovery of such damages may be limited depending on the particular facts of the case.
If you have questions concerning an Offshore Injury sustained by you or a family member while working Offshore in the Gulf of Mexico, please contact the Offshore Injury attorneys at the Barnes Law Firm,LLP at 800-494-1514 or local 713-234-1620 to for a free initial consultation to discuss your rights.
At the Barnes Law Firm,LLP in Houston , Texas, we represent injured offshore workers, oil rig workers, longshoremen, maritime workers, fisherman, and harborworkers in Houston, Texas, including , the Port of Houston, Missouri City, Baytown, The Woodlands, Pasadena, Channelview, Katy, Texas City, Laporte as well as those injured in Texas intercoastal waterways and in the Gulf of Mexico. Contact us to arrange a free initial consultation and evaluation of your Offshore Injury .
The Barnes Law Firm,LLP works strictly on a contingent fee basis and advances all upfront costs of a case which include, investigation, case development, litigation, expert witnesses and court costs. Those expenses, in addition to our fee, are deducted from the ultimate recovery. But if we are not successful in a recovery in your case, we absorb all costs and charge no fee.