Uniquely Positioned To Handle Maritime Injury And Jones Act Claims
Taking legal action when you are hurt on a vessel, rig or cruise ship is a complex task. Because standard workers’ compensation and personal injury laws do not apply to maritime injuries, navigating the claims process can be a challenge even for legal professionals.
At The Hodge Law Firm, our team is uniquely qualified to handle Jones Act and maritime injury claims. Shaun W. Hodge, our founding attorney, has worked aboard barges and vessels, so he is intimately familiar with the hazards that crew members and other seamen face daily. Drawing on lawyer Hodge’s professional background and legal insight, our team designs effective strategies that get favorable results for our Gulf Coast clients.
What You Need To Know About The Jones Act
Texas’s workers’ compensation laws do not protect injured seamen after they have been hurt on the job. The Jones Act protects maritime workers who become ill or get injured while the vessel is “in navigation.” This means that you may be entitled to receive compensation for your injuries even if your boat was docked.
Our lawyers are able to represent seamen injured in preventable accidents caused by:
- Uneven or slippery surfaces
- Broken handrails or other safety railings
- Dangerous equipment such as high-pressure valves
- Defective equipment
- Coworkers who are not properly trained
- Improperly maintained safety equipment
It is your employer’s responsibility to remain compliant with industry regulations. When your employer chooses to ignore these legal obligations, you have a right to seek compensation for this negligence. You can depend on our team to pursue an aggressive approach that protects your rights and your financial well-being.
Helping Injured Cruise Ship Passengers
If you or your loved one becomes injured on a cruise, you could face a series of obstacles when you try to hold those accountable responsible. Maritime injury claims are among the most complex personal injury matters, but our team has the skillset to resolve them as promptly as possible.
Persistent negotiators and aggressive litigators comprise our legal team. We are equipped to represent you in a variety of matters, including:
- Slip-and-fall accidents
- Injuries caused by defective or dangerous devices
- Assault due to negligent security
- Injuries caused by noncompliance with safety regulations
- Excursion accidents
Our attorneys are tenacious and will not abandon a claim because it is too complicated. We know how to counter the tactics that cruise lines and their lawyers use to avoid paying out fair settlements – and we get results. We will zealously defend your right to pursue compensation after a cruise ship accident. Contact us to get started.